Will Spain open up its cannabis cultivation industry?
Spain is a very interesting and very unique place from a cannabis policy perspective. Spain, long known for its cannabis clubs and lax law enforcement, has a very limited medical marijuana program.
While Germany may have the most organized and robust medical cannabis program in Europe, Spain’s program is lacking in many ways.
First, technically, patients have no legal access to medicinal cannabis other than a prescription for medicinal cannabis. very limited set of conditions.
To make matters worse, the Spanish government has granted only a handful of domestic cultivation licenses, and cannabis grown can only be used for research purposes or for export.
Spain is one of the most amazing cannabis consumption places on the planet, which is in large part why we’re so excited to bring The World’s Largest Cannabis Super Conference Back to Barcelona in March. So why is its medical marijuana program so limited?
A broken model of medical marijuana
Medical marijuana is spreading to almost every inch Continental Europe, and other continents, whose procedural models vary from country to country.
In many ways, the medical cannabis model in Spain is virtually non-existent, with patients relying on unregulated sources of cannabis.
The European country has long been a top cannabis tourism destination, and cannabis is easy to find across the country.
For many cannabis enthusiasts, pushing for further reforms is not an urgent issue as the freedom to legalize is practically a reality thanks to lax law enforcement and easy access to cannabis in Spain.
However, as long as there is no guarantee of safe access to medical marijuana for suffering patients, there will always be people watching and patients suffering needless persecution, so reform is still necessary.
As of 2019, Spain tied with France Has the highest rate of cannabis consumption in Europe (approximately 11%).
Medical marijuana is bought and sold in Spain every day, and it is also exported to other patients in other countries for consumption.
The only difference is the way it is regulated, the medical marijuana industry is extremely limited as medical marijuana is not regulated in Spain.
Spain is unique in the global cannabis industry, gaining a huge foothold in the domestic and international cannabis sector. However, this will only happen if lawmakers pass sensible reforms and embrace a fully legalized industry.