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Cannabis clubs in Barcelona: a cultural option

Cannabis clubs in Barcelona: a cultural option

Cannabis clubs in Barcelona
Cannabis clubs in Barcelona
It is well known that cannabis clubs in Barcelona are skyrocketing. More and more people come to these places, for example to use the therapeutic material they need. This is an associative phenomenon that fulfills a necessary and demanded social work, as we discover if we pay attention to official figures. Estimations show that there are over 200 registered cannabis clubs in Barcelona. This allows us to see that these venues cover a necessity that's widely required by the public. If there weren't such a large number of people requesting the services of these clubs, of course, there wouldn't be so many cannabis associations registered in Barcelona. The fact that we can find so many members and associations shows us that this is a widely spread phenomenon in our society. However, is the only attraction of these clubs the possibility to quietly consume cannabis, or are there any other factors explaining this boom? Actually, we'll discover right away that perhaps one of the aspects that make cannabis clubs in Barcelona so attractive is the fact that they don't only focus on cannabis itself, but also offer a range of cultural activities that complement their work with a clear associative desire for social service in the community in which they are established. The ambiguity of Spanish Law right now isn't exactly helping the development of these cultural activities. Despite being -as we see- an obvious popular need, cannabis clubs in Barcelona (if not in most of Catalonia and Spain) find a very ambiguous legal framework, which makes it difficult for them to develop their activities normally. It is not at all that cannabis clubs are illegal in Barcelona: on the contrary, what happens is that there is no real legal system which clearly defines the obligations and rights of the clubs and their members. More than illegality, in the case of cannabis clubs we can speak of "lawlessness": a diffuse situation that does not favor anyone. Not neighbors, not government agencies ... nor indeed members who are in such need of these clubs. Although it has been suggested that the real goal of cannabis clubs in Barcelona is illegal drug trade, the fact is that most of them are tightly self-regulated facilities which comply strictly with all the laws. The statutes of clubs clearly establish what may or may not be done and sometimes they even provide for penalties for non-compliance. That is, they have developed statutory systems that in some ways fill the gap created as a result of long-time legislative inactivity in this area. In this sense, therefore, it is striking to note that cannabis clubs in Barcelona have been the ones who have endeavored to provide a legitimate service, even though the legal framework affecting them is far from being one hundred percent well-defined. And it's not just that these clubs take any legal form that makes them fit naturally and as they deserve in Barcelona society. It is also that these entities do their best to provide the neighborhoods that host them a series of cultural and informative services parallel to those offered by other institutions, whether public or private. In the premises of cannabis clubs in Barcelona an important social task outside cannabis itself is also carried out. It is common to find concerts, art exhibits, lectures, explanations of cannabis cooking recipes and even information sessions on the effects of narcotics from a medical standpoint. With all this background, members of the cannabis clubs in Barcelona try and promote in their statutes their social and cultural aspects. In fact, these clubs tend to take the legal form of association, because it best combines the foundational objectives and the desire to provide added social service, not directly related to the consumption of cannabis. With its associative structure, cannabis clubs in Barcelona are in a unique position to offer their communities all these additional cultural experiences without detracting at all their main objective.