Cannabis Clubs in Barcelona are an exciting new development in weed culture in Europe. Barcelona weed clubs have become a very popular alternative for nights out in the capital of Catalonia. They’re a great spot to do work on your laptop or just shoot a few rounds of pool. But are you allowed to visit Barcelona coffees hops as a tourist?
Under Spanish law it’s perfectly legal for you to visit these weed cafes while on holiday. There is nothing in Spanish or Catalonian law to stop you. You should however educate yourself before visiting Barcelona. This isn’t Amsterdam or Colorado, there are laws you need to be aware of. Unfortunately, it’s not completely legal… yet!
1. Don’t do anything illegal
The laws on cannabis possession and use in Barcelona are relatively simple. Smoking and possession of marijuana is completely legal within the confines of your own home or within a cannabis club. As long as you aren’t smoking or in possession of cannabis in a public place, you are not breaking the law. Even as a foreign national you are within the law. So don’t do anything illegal. Illegal activities under the current law would be:
Don’t buy weed from a street dealer!
You aren’t at home now. You don’t need to take the risk by buying weed on the street in Barcelona. Not when you have a perfectly legal alternative
Don’t follow street cannabis club street promotors to coffeeshops!
It’s illegal for a cannabis café in BCN to promote on the street so if you support this practice you are helping to break the law. If a cannabis club is promoting on the street then they don’t care about the law and in all honesty, they probably don’t care about the quality of their weed or the happiness of their customers. Avoid supporting these shady practices.
Don’t ask to buy weed in the cannabis clubs!
It’s a small quirk of the system but get used to it. You can’t ‘buy’ weed in Barcelona. You can ‘get’, ‘have’, ‘try’ or ‘contribute’ to some weed – but you can’t buy it. As a member of a cannabis club you are contributing to the weed grown by the club. You are a member of a weed appreciation society and enjoying the fruits of the clubs labour. It’s not a weed store, it’s a members group. It’s a legal loop-hole and you are benefiting from it – so just ask if you can have some and don’t use the ‘b’ word. Simple.
Don’t smoke weed in the streets
It can be very tempting to feel like you’ve discovered the cannabis mecca when you arrive in Barcelona. The fact is you haven’t though. Much like in Amsterdam it is illegal to spark up in the streets. Unlike Amsterdam though the police in Barcelona will take great pleasure in busting you for having a fat spliff hanging from your mouth. Don’t risk the huge fines. Smoke weed in the cannabis clubs or in the privacy of someone’s home – not on the street.
Don’t keep weed on you (…or at least be careful!)
Ok, this one is a little harder. You probably want to find a tasty weed strain and keep it on you for a later visit. No one likes to throw their weed away or only buy a single spilff every time you visit a cannabis café. It is illegal to have it on you when you are in public though so you need to be careful. I’ve seen the police search someone on a bike for riding on the pavement in Barcelona. The police here are very active and seem to be everywhere. If you are going to buy weed in Barcelona, keep it in your underwear. The police need a warrant to search under your clothes. Or just be extra careful that you don’t give the police a reason to search you when you are carrying weed.
2. Do your online research
The Barcelona cannabis café industry has become big business in recent years. There are a lot of Barcelona coffeeshops in the city and it can be hard to find the good ones. They are allowed to register as a business online though – this doesn’t constitute promotion. So get on your favourite search engine and do your research. There are so many good options to suit almost anyone’s taste. Read reviews and find somewhere that looks good to you. If you need some advice we’ve got our own top 5 cannabis cafes in Barcelona.
3. Register for membership online
Nearly every club allows you to request membership online. You’ll apply for an invitation from a specific member of staff and when you arrive at the cannabis club you need to ask for this person. They are inviting you to the club and they can get you membership. If you’ve got friends in Barcelona who are members of a cannabis club, they can get you membership as well. Whatever you do, don’t just turn up and ask to join. That’s not cool and will probably get you banned. The cannabis coffeeshops website will have a form to apply – use it.
4. Attend the club with ID
Cannabis clubs in Barcelona are responsible for their members. As a member of the club you are also a representative. Therefore they will want to know who you are and will want proof. Many will also take an extra picture of you for their records. If you do something dangerous or illegal while at the club the other members are responsible for making sure you are dealt with properly. If a club starts partaking in or endorsing risky activity, then they put themselves at risk. In recent years there have been clubs who’s founding members have been sentenced to jail-time. The laws on cannabis clubs in Barcelona are no joke. The police will prosecute if they think a club is stepping outside of the law. A good cannabis club will do the best they can to protect their other members. This means you will need proof of ID and it’s likely that you’ll have to show it every time you visit. Even if you register and are a regular, a good club will still want to see your ID. Just accept it as a quirk of the system and take pleasure in the fact you can get high legally in Barcelona.
There you have it, a simple guide to getting weed in Barcelona as a tourist. It’s not difficult, it’s not illegal and it is fun. Barcelona has some of the coolest weed coffee shops in Europe and there is no reason why you can’t get involved. Just be aware of the laws and the rules and you’ll be fine… and remember to take your ID!
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