Barcelona Closes One Third Of Its Cannabis Clubs

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I have had many friends visit Barcelona, Spain, and they always comment on how marijuana friendly it is. The marijuana is top quality, affordable, and isn't hard to find from what people tell me. I have never been there before, but I plan on making a trip there someday. Barcelona has had a growing reputation as a top marijuana tourism destination in Europe. It sounds like that reputation isn't sitting well with government officials. Per Forbes:

After conducting inspections of 145 of the fast-growing cannabis clubs, city officials announced "deficiencies" in management of almost 50 of them, including the illegal sale of cannabis, attempting to attract non-members to their premises, poor ventilation and problems for the neighborhoods where they're located.

Alerted by an article in the New York Times, Barcelona's government decided to take on the city's growing international reputation as a haven for weed smokers.

According to media reports, there are over 700 cannabis clubs across Spain. I think it's better to have marijuana sales and activity being funneled through the clubs, rather than in dark alleys and on street corners. As a possible tourist to Spain, I plan on trying to acquire marijuana while I'm there. I feel much safer visiting a brick and mortar establishment than tracking down the local drug dealer who may or may not rob me.

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