Dear friends and members,
as part of the Freedom to Farm campaign, we are proud to publish the operation guide for Cannabis Social Clubs.
Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) are one of the most deeply-rooted and widespread models for regulating cannabis in the European Union. According to a study published a few months ago by the researchers of the University of Ghent, there are CSCs in 13 European countries. Although with some operational differences, this model guarantees a viable and effective regulatory option. CSCs also spread to various non-European countries. Currently, this type of organisation can be found in Argentina, New Zealand and they have been regulated in Uruguay since 2013.
CSCs are non-profit associations and base their activity on the self-supply of cannabis. The CSCs were born in Spain thanks to a long history of legal victories related to self-cultivation and shared consumption. At present, they are a real alternative to illicit markets, in which users themselves organize self-supply, thus guaranteeing the traceability and availability of the substance while reducing both legal and health risks. One of the main objectives of a CSC is the promotion of health and the reduction of potential risks or damages associated with consumption, as well as avoiding contact of users with illicit markets including preventing access for minors.
ENCOD is publishing the Guidelines to introduce good practices for Cannabis Social Clubs and to standardize the management model. Their purpose is to support civil society and offer a regulatory framework that ensures safe and controlled access to cannabis, as well as guarantee legal security for people who use cannabis.
You can also download the guidelines here.
Contact us for any further questions.
We wish you happy holidays and stay healthy!