Growing a nice looking stalk is the dream of many new cannabis users. But when you bring in the factor that it’s not legal in many places, that dream can be poured down the drain. Spain has it’s own perks, allowing it’s citizens to light up what they sow.
How many weed plants can I grow in Spain? You can legally grow five cannabis plants. This is under the assumption that the plant is for personal use and isn’t grown outside of your home. Growing on behalf of your family members is also acceptable, but must be proven when under police investigation. Discretion for many users is still advised, as your neighbor could easily call the police on you and force you to prove that only you use it.
Spain’s laws on Cannabis don’t fall too far away for the U.S’s. Both understand that what a person does privately in their own homes is not of the state concern unless the resident breaks a crime. In this article, we will go over what you should know if you plan on using in Spain, as well as some general history on the countries outlook of the plant.
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Why Decriminalized Doesn’t Mean Legal
This may seem confusing at first. Even though you can grow the plant and use it in your own home, that’s it. Even walking to the mailbox with 5 grams in your pocket is more than enough cause for the police to stop you. Only certain aspects are legal, which are mainly personal usage and cultivation.
Selling even a small .5 to your grandfather would be still illegal, and Spain dishes out harsher penalties for sellers that provide a higher amount or are repeat offenders. While you may not be hauled off straight to jail, there could be a pretty hefty fine coming your way if you’re caught. Typical fine ranges from 250-300 euros.
Spain’s culture has increased due to Cannabis. It’s legal for shops to sell seeds, so you could imagine that growing a plant in Spain wouldn’t raise too many eyebrows if you play by the book. Cops don’t pay too much attention to it mainly for its decriminalized status. That tells them that there are way harsher things out there for them to be looking out for.
There are many technicalities to look out for as well as loopholes that can help keep you covered. Social Clubs are one such loophole, as when you go to sign up for them, you’re essentially giving them the authorization to grow your weed.
Are There Any Bars For Cannabis?
You don’t have to always smoke in your home when in Spain. There is no shortage of Cannabis Clubs there, with over 200 of them being located in Barcelona alone. This is allowed due to the fact that all of the clubs are registered as private. Merely strolling in and asking for a joint like it’s Amsterdam won’t work there.
When you go into a coffee-shop in Amsterdam, it has the resemblance of a pub. Walking into any of Barcelona’s Cannabis Clubs has the opposite effect, with the scenery mimicking a friends living room. You have to be invited by an already registered member to join, and the costs are said to be shared amongst all of the members.
This means that you own a small portion of whatever the club grows. Think of it as “X membership covers x amount of grams.” Some of these clubs aren’t able to afford the space or equipment, and will oftentimes buy it from other clubs or farms in the countryside. Illegal buys are common with some clubs that have seen repeat raids from officers.
Not every club is the same, both risk wise and appeal for its customers. Some clubs have two to three stories. You have the same chance of running into one that’s only a room or two. The membership fee’s is most likely one of the most diverse aspects of these clubs.
Cannabis Club in Barcelona will offer you a year-long membership. 100 euros is on the higher-end, with 20 euros being the cheapest found. While there are clubs that offer free memberships; be wary. This could mean poor service or even worse, terrible weed. Don’t try and haggle the prices of the membership either. Everyone pays for each other to enjoy the plant.
Age requirements are very strict. Many clubs ask that the member be at least 21 with newer clubs lowering that bar down to age 18. False I.D’s seem to never work here due to the high scrutiny each one undergoes. If the business sells to someone that’s underage, it blows the door wide open for officer interference.
Is There A Limit Of How Much I Can Have?
Taking into account many club limits found in Barcelona, the limit is 98 grams. If you are a member of more than one club (Which is more than common) then you need to spread your weight around accordingly. 98 grams is over 3 ounces, and that amount alone is enough to get you by for a few months, even if your sessions become drastically more extensive.
That certainly isn’t a universal number, and it will be given to you during your sign-up. During that process, you’ll be asked how many grams a week you plan on taking from the club. This gives them the authorization to cultivate the plants on your behalf and will stop them from taking any losses in the cause of unwanted legal action.
Spain’s Recent History With Cannabis
Spain has a very contradictory history with the plant. It was one of the first countries in Europes to decriminalize the drug, but one of the very last to truly shrug off the harmful propaganda. There is only one medical marijuana program in Spain that was launched in Catalonia. The program was set up to survey the medical benefits of the drug, as well as any other side effects worth noting down. It consisted of
- 60 DrugStores
- 40 Researchers
- 600 Patients
This study popularized cannabis with many politicians, and many users in Spain are able to get medical marijuana from numerous social clubs.
While personal consumption has only recently been allowed by the government, using hemp for industrial profit has been in effect for over 22 years. The seeds are certified by the EU, and at the time of writing Catalonia has over 900 hectares of cultivated plants to its name. None of these seeds THC levels score above a 0.2, and they are mainly used for various forms of textile and seed production.
Pretty much everything on this list is illegal, with “buts” coming in to save the day for many consumers. There are many loopholes for some of these laws, and we mean that for ways that the system can flip the law on you. Studying up on your rights is always worth it before lighting up.
- Recreational Use: Illegal, but private residential use is permitted. The absolute minimum you’ll be fined is 300 Euros
- Cultivating Plants: Illegal, but you can grow inside your own home. Friends and family are able to authorize you to grow their plants. The minimum fine here is the same for any recreational use that’s caught in public.
- CBD: Illegal unless you are planning on using this for lip balm or creams.
- Medical Marijuana: Legal with personal and private use.
- Textile Seeds: Seeds have to register below 0.2 in regards to its THC level.