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The Latest Cannabis News in Spain
In June 2022, the Spanish Congress of Deputies passed an important piece of legislative reform for cannabis in Spain. The decision was based on the report of a special health commission, which formally examined the issue between March and May 2022. It will take another six months for the Spanish Health Agency (AEMPS) to produce guidelines for actual dispensation.
Medical cannabis is anticipated to be available upon prescription via Spanish hospital pharmacies by the end of 2022. No information is currently available regarding the application process for cultivation and manufacturing or how the hospitals and pharmacies will obtain cannabis products for patients.
As of 2022, it is legal to cultivate and smoke cannabis for your own personal use in Spain. However, it is illegal to sell or traffic cannabis. It is also illegal to smoke cannabis in public places, but there are “cannabis clubs” where members are legally able to partake in social spaces.
Cannabis in Spain is unique in that the nation’s drug laws cannot reach into homes and privately owned spaces, so if one was to cultivate their own cannabis at home and smoke it at home, they will be out of reach of Spanish law.
Recreational marijuana use in Spain exists in a complicated legal grey area. It is illegal to buy or sell cannabis — selling can lead to one to three years of jail time in addition to a fine, or longer prison sentences for selling higher quantities.
However, personal cultivation and use were decriminalized in 2015. Individuals are permitted to grow and consume marijuana on their private property, as long as the plant is not in public view. It is legal to buy and sell marijuana paraphernalia, like seeds. Using marijuana in a public place can result in a fine.
In October 2018, the far-left political party Podemos introduced a law to completely legalize recreational marijuana and encourage farming cooperatives and small to medium-sized agricultural operations to plant the crop in an effort to “stop big businesses from creating monopolies and oligopolies and promote a dynamic economy that leads to social wealth.” The party also stated that having a state-regulated marijuana industry would help reduce the black market buying and selling of marijuana. So far, full legalization efforts have not gotten off the ground.
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History of Marijuana in Spain
Spain has a decades-long history of relative tolerance of marijuana, particularly in comparison to some of its European neighbors. A series of Supreme Court rulings, beginning in the 1970s, decriminalized possession of small amounts of any drugs. In 2015, the personal cultivation of marijuana was decriminalized.
After marijuana cultivation and personal use were decriminalized in 2015, non-profit cannabis clubs sprung up throughout the country. These clubs had been in existence since 2001, but experienced a boom after personal cultivation was decriminalized. Because the buying and selling of marijuana are still illegal, these clubs exist in a legal grey area. Instead of selling marijuana to anyone who walks in, clubs create exclusive member lists, and charge a membership fee instead of charging members directly for marijuana. There are an estimated 500 to 700 cannabis clubs in Spain.
Although cannabis clubs are legally required to be non-profit, the industry is largely unregulated, and some clubs are leaning further into commercialization. Certain clubs, particularly those in Barcelona, have thousands of members, which is largely due to their admitting tourists. Cannabis clubs require that their members prove Spanish residency, but it has been documented that many tourists skirt this by giving the address of hotels or hostels.
Spain Cannabis Consulting services
At Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting (HYC), our cannabis consultants are here to assist you with planning and building your cannabis business in Spain. Our team of canna advisors are well-versed in local laws on compliance, and we offer services that assist you in building your brand, creating your marketing plan, designing your website and assets, crafting your social media presence, and much more to help your business see success.
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Marijuana Market Conditions in Spain
A legal, commercial marijuana market does not currently exist in Spain. The legal marijuana market that exists in cannabis clubs is required by law to be non-profit — club owners must reinvest income back into their operations.
The status of marijuana legalization in Spain is in flux. Some refer to the marijuana industry in Spain as a “grey market” that includes both legal and illegal selling and consumption.
Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting is Ready to Help Your Business
The marijuana industry in Spain is rapidly evolving, and a professional marijuana consulting firm like Higher Yields Consulting (HYC) can help you understand the legal nuances of marijuana in Spain, and help you become a competitive player in the market if marijuana becomes commercially legal. Contact us by phone or reach out to us online to learn more.
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