PODCAST: Cannabis clubs and weed farms – Catalonia, Europe's marijuana hotbed

Members-only associations exploit legal loopholes while police report big increase in illegal factories

Inside one of Barcelona's member-only cannabis clubs, January 25, 2022 (by Gerard Escaich Folch)
Inside one of Barcelona's member-only cannabis clubs, January 25, 2022 (by Gerard Escaich Folch) / ACN

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Catalonia is home to some 500 cannabis clubs, establishments that exploit ambiguities in the law to provide a space for members to socialize and smoke. Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify

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Gerard Escaich Folch visits a cannabis association in Barcelona and chats to blogger Javier Díaz and Patrícia Amiguet, president of the Federation of Catalan Cannabis Associations.

Catalonia is also the "epicenter of Europe's illegal marijuana market," according to police. Cristina Tomàs White speaks to Mossos d'Esquadra officer Joan Carles Granja and learns about the legal situation of cannabis from Joan Bertomeu, a lawyer at specialist law firm Brotsanbert.

This week's Catalan phrase is 'fumar com una xemeneia' – to smoke like a chimney. 

Presented by Lorcan Doherty. 

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