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Published on 30 June 2017  by Richard Rainsford

Catalonia regulates the Cannabis Social Clubs

The popular legislative initiative introduced in 2015 by civil society was approved by a large majority in the Catalan Parliament.



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Press Release foundation ENCOD, June 29, Barcelona

Barcelona - On 28 June 2017 The Catalan Parliament, approved the regulation of Cannabis Social Clubs for its territory, legally belonging to the Spanish State. The law includes, among other things, the cultivation, transportation and distribution of cannabis.

This law has been the result of much effort on the part of civil society, experts and politicians. It was presented in the form of Popular Legislative Initiative, obtaining 67,500 signatures, of which 55,000 were accepted.

Subsequently a period of amendments was opened in which the Catalan Federations, Fedcac and CatFAC (Som el que cultivem) and the experts also participated through the political parties.

On Wednesday 28th June 2017, after a period of two years, the Rosa Verda initiative, was approved by a large majority of the Catalan parliamentary groups. With the votes in favour of JxSí, Cs, PSC, CSQP i CUP; all parliamentary groups except PPC which voted against.

But what does the law say in detail? How is the Catalan cannabis social club model? The law regulates the Cannabis Social Clubs under the framework of ‘The Law of Associations’ and the legal doctrine of collective consumption and cultivation. It establishes that these entities are non-profit making, with a democratic, assembly and transparent management.

With regard to risk prevention and collective health, this has guided the law from the outset, with the advice of the Subdirectory for Drug Addiction of the Generalitat de Catalunya, which continues to be a pioneer in effective prevention programs, along with the Agency of Catalan Public Health, the CSC model is described as a model that preserves the values ​​of risk prevention and an important agent for the correct management of pleasures in a responsible way by the users of cannabis. Associations will also be obliged to trace the product, including with cannabis analysis, at the end of the process and prior to distribution. You will not be allowed to consume alcohol or any other illegal drugs in a CSC, nor can you make statement, apology or publicity about the consumption of cannabis.

On the other hand, we find transparency, the law requires us to have books for registration of members, minutes, crops, withdrawals and accounting, as well as an agricultural expertise.

In short, it is a safe model for users and non-users. That contemplates the social reality. The law is based on Health and Human Rights, from a multidisciplinary perspective, and regulates in an integral way the Cannabis Social Clubs.




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The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 150 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 400 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


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