Barcelona’s Booming Cannabis Scene Is Perfect For Stoners
Spain, which is considered a conservative nation by many, has some of the most liberal drug laws when it comes to cannabis.
After a legal loophole that allows cannabis to be grown privately as long as it is for personal use, the number of cannabis clubs increased exponentially.
The clubs are then allowed to distribute the cannabis between its members who will in return pay for the upkeep of the club, usually by a yearly membership fee.
The cannabis clubs in Barcelona are frequented by a wide range of people, ordinary stoners use the clubs as a place to congregate and catch up with their friends without having to fear prosecution from the local police force. Many members also have a chronic illness and they attend the cannabis clubs for medicinal purposes. Some clubs which focus solely on medicinal patients have in house doctors to provide the best experience for all of their members. There is even a gay only cannabis club in Barcelona, so the chances are whatever environment your searching for, you will be able to find it in Barcelona’s wide array of social clubs.
This legal situation has lead to a 1750% increase in the number of cannabis clubs in Spain and many people have been comparing Barcelona to the Amsterdam of southern Europe.
However it is now as open to tourists as Amsterdam is, all members that attend the cannabis clubs must be over 21 years of age and a resident of Spain, they also must show their ID every time they attend their cannabis club. This is to discourage tourists from attending the clubs, however there are many ways around these laws and I have personally been taken to one of these clubs.
There are some restrictions on the cannabis clubs flourishing in Spain, there is a limit on how much cannabis you can purchase a month. The limit is set at 98 grams which is a fair amount, however the law can easily be circumvented by having multiple club memberships. You have to give the club an estimate of how much weed you will require so that they can grow it for you without the fear of law enforcement. The clubs are also banned from advertising which makes sense as they are meant to be private clubs, this means not everyone is actually aware of how prevalent the cannabis scene is in Barcelona in particular.
While tourists are not welcome in the majority of Spain’s cannabis clubs a recent ruling in Catalonia’s parliament means that membership is even available to foreigners as there are no longer any residency requirements when it comes to to joining one of Barcelona’s numerous cannabis clubs.
Barcelona city council have made efforts to halt the spread of this coffee shop culture throughout their city, they recently passed a law limiting the total amount of smoke that any club can emit. They also hope to get plans approved which would criminalize any coffee shop that was deemed to be to near to a place frequented by younger people. This legislation could impact nearly 80% of Barcelona’s cannabis clubs and have a grave impact on patients whose only access to their medicine is via these social clubs, hopefully the government will repeal these repressive measures and let the cannabis scene flourish openly.