Spain: President of cannabis consumer group arrested

Promoted crisis-tackling marijuana plant project in Rasquera

23 March, 13:31

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 23 - Catalan police have arrested the head of the Barcelona association of cannabis consumers (ABCDA), which has promoted the controversial scheme to plant marijuana in the town of Rasquera (Tarragona). Local police sources quoted by the media today say that the man was arrested on drug-trafficking charges. Four other members of the association were also charged with the same crime. During the operation, police also raided one of the offices managed by consumer group in the Barceloneta area of Barcelona, seizing 1.3 kilos of marijuana, weighing equipment and 2,000 euros in cash. At the time on the office, which was later taken over by police, a dozen people smoking or waiting to buy the drug were on the premises.

On March 1, the Catalan town of Rasquera approved the sale of state-owned land to the ABCDA association, which has 5,000 members, to plant a "cannabis cultivation for recreational and therapeutic purposes", in exchange for the creation of forty jobs in an attempt to cancel the 1.3 million euros of deficit in the town's coffers. The decision brought provoked intervention by the Catalan regional government, which said that such a plantation would violate Article 368 of the penal code, which bans cultivation, treatment and trafficking of drugs. (ANSAmed).

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