With so much confusion surrounding the legalities of what enables weed clubs in Barcelona to operate, it can be harmful to the cannabis clubs and their future existence if you don’t have the knowledge, and do things the wrong way. Here we break it down for you so that you can understand why and how the clubs exist in Spain, and how to access them the right way.
How to Join a Weed Club in Barcelona
Are Cannabis Clubs Legal in Barcelona?
Cannabis Clubs are not fully legal in Spain – yet! They operate by using a combination of the Spanish constitution and the newer existing by-laws. Please read our article on the history of cannabis Clubs in Spain. Basically the courts have made many historic rulings finding nothing illegal about consuming cannabis in private cannabis clubs, but the government in Madrid are keeping tight lipped on the situation. Although Madrid has stated that they are simply waiting and watching very carefully before making a decision, I feel we are getting close, but I wouldn’t expect anything to happen in the next 5 years. They say they don’t have enough information, so they will allow the clubs to exist as they are in order to study cannabis and it’s effects. But have no doubt, it is still an ongoing revolution to fight for our rights for the safe consumption of cannabis.
Is it legal to Smoke Weed in Barcelona
Is it Legal to Possess cannabis in Barcelona
Yes, and no… it´s legal to consume only in Private, not in Public. Cannabis is essentially de-criminalised, which means you can’t get a criminal record for personal possession, if you are found to have 5 grams or less in public, you will receive a fine of 200€ or more, but no criminal record, any more than 5 grams in public may be considered as “you are a supplying” and you may be detained for further questioning down the police station.. but if you were found to have cannabis in a private setting, this is legal, so maybe at your family or friends apartment, or your own room or apartment – there is 1 catch in the law – “it must not affect your neighbours way of life” if your neighbour complains and the police are called you will be told to stop smoking for your neighbour, nothing more, they will leave the herb with you, but if you are in a hotel it’s possible you will be asked to leave. Although in Barcelona this is rare, and if there is a complaint there is always a warning or 2 before the police are called – Only in Barcelona.
What is a Cannabis Social Club?
Ok so… it’s legal to consume cannabis in a private setting, but even in your apartment this can be difficult. So what do you do? You make a private cannabis club, somewhere “out the way” where no one will be affected, so that your friends and family can come together and collectively grow their own weed just for themselves.
In the beginning it was very different, cannabis clubs made their own rules and regulations in order to stay legal, extraction fans and filters as to not disturb the neighbors, very basic furniture, homemade generally. But what makes it legal still today is the fact that they are not open to the public, only friends and family, and if your friends are cool you can invite them to come too, but we’re all very close friends and family and not open to the public. If a stranger were to try to access he would be rejected and told it’s a private members only association and you must be invited. This is what makes a cannabis social club legal. But that’s just the half of it.
How does a Cannabis Club in Barcelona Operate?
Ok… It’s legal to grow cannabis plants in your private – wherever. It’s also legal to give it away for free, so if I grow some herb and you would like some, provided you are a consumer (because it is forbidden by law to encourage the consumption of cannabis, so you have to be a regular consumer) and of legal age (18+) I could take you to my apartment and give you some, provided it’s free and I don’t charge you anything for it, it’s legal.
The legal term for an association is a “non for profit organisation” ok.
As we’ve mentioned it’s legal to grow and distribute cannabis in Spain for free. So the other half of what makes weed clubs legal is we grow and distribute amongst our “members of family and friends” for free, because what we grow amongst ourselves assures us the safety from the “unknown” black-market cannabis. The fight for the safe consumption of cannabis.
But the rent on the premises and the electricity bill… etc, must be paid, so traditionally family members and friends all contributed happily to the upkeep of the premises, be it a small apartment, or a big commercial building, the cleaning was done by the members themselves, clean up after themselves and take turns to clean the toilet etc, but of-course the real responsibility fell on the founding members of the club, in Spain you need 3 founding members to create a cannabis association. It’s their creation so they are keen to crack the whip on family members and friends.
How to Access a Cannabis Club in Barcelona – The right way.
This is where we make life easy for you, we got frustrated with contacting the clubs anyway we can, and then waiting for an answer, and still you´re not sure if the club is any good. So we made this website for you to use… to help you stay clear of the expensive tourist trap clubs. You could do what we did in the beginning and contact them individually… or have faith and believe that we really do work for the people and with the clubs to offer you on the best cannabis clubs in Barcelona If you do contact the clubs directly, don’t talk about the weed and how much is it? Don’t ask too many questions, get down to the club if you´re invited and hope… You´re still not obligated, when you get to the club ask them to see some weed and the club before you commit to becoming a member, in Barcelona it’s not possible, but in Barcelona it’s all good, unless you don’t like what you see, and then you politely say, do you take card? No cannabis club takes card, this is your exit strategy, tell them you are going to take some cash from the machine… never to return, lol! Otherwise it´s easier and faster to just click the button bellow, chhose a club, read the details carefully, and book an appointment for as soon as the next 15 mins… From website to club in 15 mins guaranteed – since 2016