Cannabis Clubs in Spain

Feb 19, 2015, 06:36 PM

What are the different legal approaches to cannabis? Illegal in the UK and most other countries around the world of course. The first country to legalise cannabis was Uruguay in 2012. The drug will be available there to registered users via government controlled pharmacies. The government also controls the price and the products that are available. So how's that working? Well, it's hard to say at this stage. The legislation was passed in 2012, but pharmacies are only just beginning to supply cannabis to the public, so the effects of legalisation remain to be seen. In the United States, cannabis is legal for medicinal use in almost half the states. It has been legal for recreational use in the states of Washington and Colorado for more than a year. And voters recently supported legalisation in Alaska and Oregon. It is a regulated commercial model, where companies are involved in production and sale and can make a profit from doing so. The Czech Republic and Portugal have decriminalised - which means that possession of small amounts of cannabis does not lead to criminal proceedings. But production and supply remain illegal. The Netherlands has been using the coffee shop decriminalisation system for over 40 years. How do they do it in Spain? Tom Burridge reports from Barcelona.