After decades of relative tolerance towards Cannabis in Spain, the Constitutional Court decides that cannabis clubs are criminal. Years of government criminalizing strategy pay off. The national parliamentary debate can no longer be postponed.
In Spain, the Constitutional Court has decided that Cannabis Social Clubs infringe the law and that their activities cannot be regulated by regional parliaments if the Penal Code is not modified. Fifty years of relative tolerance come to a closure and a new stage, where legal uncertainty and repression will be the keynote, is now open. A new national regulation is the only way to overcome the situation.
I will not easily forget December 19, 2017. All of a sudden I had dozens of Whatsapp notifications, text messages, and lost calls on my phone. The EFE agency had just announced that the Constitutional Court had declared null and void the Supreme Court’s sentence against four members of the Pannagh Association, including myself, and the media was starting to spread the