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by Diana on 06/02/2015 | Legal & Politics

Catalan Parliament officially regulates Catalonia’s Cannabis Clubs

On 29 January 2015, the Parliament of Catalonia’s Health Commission approved the health regulation for cannabis clubs by publishing 17 recommendations in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia) directed at the Councils, with which the final responsibility for regulation of these clubs will ultimately lie.


On 29 January 2015, the Parliament of Catalonia’s Health Commission approved the health regulation for cannabis clubs by publishing 17 recommendations in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia) directed at the Councils, with which the final responsibility for regulation of these clubs will ultimately lie.

Parlament CatalunyaThe aim of this set of rules, which were drawn up under the supervision of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT), is to “protect, promote and improve the health of the population through policies geared towards reducing the dangers of cannabis use.”

These rules put an end to the legal uncertainty under which Catalonia’s 400 clubs existed and provide a legal basis for the clubs’ basic requirements. They are a series of recommendations that will release thousands of cannabis users from their seemingly eternal limbo.

Conditions of membership

The new regulation restricts entry to these clubs to individuals aged 18 and over, and requires that only members be given access to the clubs’ facilities. Members must be habitual consumers of cannabis and not affiliated to any other club of this kind. It is also worth noting that those applying for membership must be sponsored by an existing member of the club in question. In addition, all members are obliged to register themselves in a municipal register of cannabis user clubs.

Another important aspect is that new members will have a 15-day transition period, during which they will not be eligible to receive any cannabis from the club.

Club requirements

One of the obligations pertaining specifically to the clubs themselves, is that they will have to be registered with the Government of Catalonia’s Register of Associations. Some 200 clubs have already registered and 150 have already applied.

cannabis legalMoreover, the clubs’ premises must be located at a reasonable distance from each other, and from healthcare and educational centres. They must also limit their opening hours to 8 hours a day (at the latest until 10:00pm from Sunday to Thursday, and to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays).

Furthermore, the consumption of other drugs and alcoholic drinks in the clubs is prohibited and they will not be allowed to sell food. Clubs are furthermore required to maintain acceptable standards of hygiene and employees must be specifically trained to ensure that they are able to supply cannabis with full knowledge of the facts in order to reduce the risks associated with its use.

Despite initial hopes that, in addition to use, transporting and growing cannabis would also be approved, the general feeling is one of satisfaction. Catalonia has shown itself to be at the forefront of legalisation and, although there is still a long way to go, this is certainly a huge step in the right direction – a step closer to freedom.

As always, Sensi Seeds will continue to support social movements and standards whose aim is to achieve the full legalisation of cannabis and to give it the place that it deserves in our society.

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