Spain is fast becoming popular for tourists seeking cannabis weed clubs, / weed coffee shops or Cannabis Social Clubs – as they´re called here in Spain. Here’s a few things you need to know, and be aware of, when seeking a good, reputable cannabis club in Spain.
Is it legal to smoke Weed in Spain?
Yes… and No! – read carefully –
It is legal smoke cannabis in “Private” places only. There is not many of those, your private apartment or villa or hotel, provided there´s no complaints the staff generally don´t mind. or the private cannabis association’s. Anywhere else is forbidden.
Can I buy Weed in Spain?
It´s legal to smoke, yes, but the sale and promotion of cannabis in Spain is still illegal. But growing for personal use (2 plants) in a private space is legal. So when you become a member of a cannabis club in Spain, you are giving permission for the club to grow on your behalf, you become part of a community of growers and smokers.
It´s legal to grow 2 marijuana plants per person in your “private space”. But it also states, if you do not have the space to grow your own herb in your own apartment / house, you may ask a friend (3rd party) to grow in their private space for you. Therefore, when you join the clubs individual membership (community) you sign papers giving permision for the club (3rd party) to grow for you. By law the clubs have to charge a membership fee of 20€, some charge more. The reason for this is to deter non smokers to start smoking or even give it a try. More on this in our History of “Cannabis Cubs in Spain” blog.
So You´re a member now and it´s time to buy some weed, but it´s forbidden the sale of cannabis…
The law. Cannabis associations in Spain must operate in a non for profit way. Profit is allowed, but must be seen going back into the association, for new sofas or a pool table for instance. The bills and upkeep must be paid, so everyone is expected to Contribute, or donate for the herb – towards the upkeep of the premises, the rent, lights, wi-fi, fridges and playstations and pool tables and sofas and …and …and.
This is why the herb is cheaper in Spain than Amsterdam for instance, if it’s not, your probably in an expensive tourist trap! So you have a menu and you choose your herb as normal and then the club will total it up and tell you how much you have to contribute to the club, easy.
Are tourists allowed in weed clubs in Spain?
The only way that clubs can accept you legally, is if you have a resident of Spain who is also a member of that club, to bring you or invite you. The reason for this is a little complicated. Basically as a tourist you´re only here for a short while, so to plant and grow the herb for you isn´t possible really. After your holiday you will return home for at least the rest of the year (most of the time) leaving your herb uncollected. This creates an “overstock” of herb that the authorities could see as unnecessary and can be seen as “making extra for profit” So – you need a resident member to bring you / invite you, This resident is basically going to share his supply of cannabis (his plants) with you so the association / cannabis club doesn´t have to grow unnecessarily for you. No extra plants growing un-collected.
Some weed clubs in Spain require you to be a resident of the area the club is in ie; Barcelona / Malaga or wherever else, not just Spain. One cannabis club in the north Tenerife, Santa Cruz, requires you to be resident of Tenerife for a min of 10 years before you can join their club.
Depending where you are in Spain, the local councils and police force have in the past few years, taken a much more relaxed approach towards tourists and weed clubs alike. But In Valencia for instance, on the other hand, the police are on the alert for clubs taking tourists and actually hang about the clubs regularly stopping tourists and locals alike. You are not allowed to leave the clubs with herb! They have “safety hours“ where you can transport your cannabis from the club to your house between hours where children are generally in bed.
A grey area we face everyday unfortunately, it´s only legal to posses in the clubs or in your home. traveling in-between is difficult we will discuss this next.
Most tourist places in Spain only in the last 5 years have become relaxed with clubs and tourists entering them, as long as it´s not too many tourists in and out all the time, (a tourist trap) they´re cool. The local authorities weigh up the options.
Am I allowed to take the weed out the cannabis clubs in Spain?
A question we get asked sooo often. It´s time to get serious! The Grey area. It´s only legal to posses cannabis in the private cannabis clubs or in the privacy of your own home. Just because you can get weed legally in Spain doesn’t mean you can be flippant about it. Spanish law is very liberal in private spaces. Therefore, it’s okay to have some marijuana in your own home, or in a private cannabis club.
But if you display or use marijuana in a public place and are caught, you’ll almost certainly be fined, the marijuana will be confiscated, and depending on the circumstances, you could be arrested and jailed. Be smart. Just because you see people smoking joints on the beach front doesn’t mean you should too. In fact, the truth of the matter is that outside of a private residence or a legitimate cannabis club, you could be harassed and ticketed by police.
If you take cannabis out of a club (most people do) then please remember to transport it in your under garments. Spanish authorities cannot search there without a warrant. If you do get caught with weed in public, you will be ticketed and pay a fine, but there is no criminality involved unless you are over a threshold that most cannabis club members never exceed. The best policy if you are stopped by police and found with cannabis is to say as little as possible, and do not tell the police where you acquired the cannabis.
How to become a member of a Cannabis Club in Spain?
Well we´re here to connect you directly to the cannabis clubs / cbd stores / grow shops and more in Spain. With our website you can make an appointment, get the details such as tel numbers and contact info, reviews, menu´s, events, announcements and then click “directions” to easily and conveniently connect with google maps to get directions.
Otherwise – We recommend Cloud9beyond.com to guide you to only the best and most reputable cannabis clubs in Spain with the best quality herb and safety as their No1 priority, They will give you a referral / invitation from a resident who lives in the area… click the button below to choose a cannabis club in Spain – listed in areas, makes it easy to find a good club near you. They only work with the best in each area. You can find them on instagram under @Cloud9beyond or @weed_tours_tenerife or on their website
Have a nice day!