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While some Spanish cities and towns are courting casinos and bringing back the peseta to boost their economies and employment, a tiny village in Spain has set its sights on something much more controversial.The village of Rasquera has voted to lease seven hectares (17 acres) of land for the growing of marijuana, The Huffington Post reports.
Private citizens would lease or lend land to the town hall, which had created a public company, ‘Rasquerana de Investigación e Interpretación de la variedad vegetal Cannabis Sativa’ (‘Rasquerana Research and Interpretation of the Cannabis Sativa plant variety’) to manage the land and in turn, lease it to an association of marijuana-smokers in Barcelona, according to El Mundo.
The group that would buy the the marijuana, the Association of Cannabis Barcelonesa Subsistence (ABCDA), said on its website that it would make an initial investment of 30,000 euros ($40,000), and would create 40 jobs in the village of 900 people. Rasquera would receive payments of 1.3 million euros ($1.7 million) over two years, according to El Mundo.
A government official with the National Drug Plan said the project would be against the law and prosecutors would intervene as soon as the first seed was sown.
According to Spanish law, private consumption of cannabis in small amounts is allowed, but growing it for sale, advertising it, or selling it is illegal.
Rasquera’s mayor, Bernat Pellissa, defended his decision to support the initiative, saying that the city would not directly be growing marijuana, but acting as an intermediary, as it would in fact be a public company that would rent the land and be involved in the project, El Pais reports. His claim was supported by two law firms in Barcelona, according to El Mundo.
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