Barcelona cannabis club shut down over marijuana candy

Authorities in Spain closed down a cannabis club in Barcelona that sold marijuana candy and other similar products to more than 16,000 people, many of them tourists, police said on Tuesday.

Barcelona cannabis club shut down over marijuana candy
Cannibis clubs fall into legal limbo in Spain. Photo: AFP

They arrested five managers of the club, which opened in 2013 in the centre of the popular Mediterranean seaside city, the Guardia Civil police force said in a statement.

These types of clubs often fall into legal limbo in Spain, where trafficking marijuana is illegal but consuming it is not.

In the legal grey area users have created clubs to grow cannabis plants to share, which are accepted by Spanish authorities as long as the marijuana is only for use among members and not for profit.

But this was not the case for the Barcelona club, where the five arrested are accused of promoting their activities to the city's many tourists and inciting cannabis use inside.

Police seized six kilos (13 pounds, 8 ounces) of marijuana buds, close to 270 grammes of hashish and more than 200 pieces of red or green candy made out of marijuana which they sold without any type of indication about what they contained, the Guardia Civil said.

The club had more than 16,000 members, many of them tourists who were accepted immediately for a €20 ($21) fee that allowed them to buy as many drugs as they liked while in Barcelona.

The five detained are Spanish, Hungarian, Colombian, Moroccan and from Ivory Coast.

The Guardia Civil also said they were investigating two Nigerians, a Swede and an Italian in the case.

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Rooftop weed plantation revealed during Spain’s La Vuelta cycle race coverage

The growers of a marijuana plantation on the rooftop of an apartment in Catalonia have been rumbled after viewers spotted the greenery in aerial footage of Spain’s Vuelta cycling race.

Rooftop weed plantation revealed during Spain's La Vuelta cycle race coverage
The rooftop plantation was revealed in live broadcast by a helicopter. Footage: La Vuelta

The crop was revealed as a helicopter hovered over the building in Calle Lleida in the Catalan town of Igualada recording live footage of the final kilometre of the eighth stage of the race.

Viewers reported the sighting to the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force said in a statement and they then went to the property to investigate.

Officers found 40 individual plants on the rooftop but no arrests were made as the growers had reportedly “left the property in a hurry”.

While the buying or selling of cannabis is a criminal offence in Spain, growing it on private property for private consumption is legal. But it’s a grey area. Cannabis clubs have proliferated in cities across Spain, where members are allowed to smoke what has been specifically grown by and for the cooperative.

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