In the past few weeks, the attention of the international drug policy community has been focused on the cannabis regulation bill in Uruguay. The great significance of this momentum for the drug policy reform has been supported by various civil society organisations and public opinion leaders from all around the world. This contrasts with the steps back undertaken in Spain, where a new bill – the paradoxically so-called citizen security law – was approved last 29th November by the Council of Ministers.
Pannagh, one of the oldest cannabis social clubs in Spain, is being persecuted by the Spanish prosecutor. Two years after the precautionary closure of the association of cannabis consumers Pannagh, the anti-drug prosecutor has asked prison sentences totaling 22 years in prison and fines of nearly two and a half million euros for five members of the association.
La proliferación exponencial del número de asociaciones, clubes y otras entidades en las que uno de los fines de la organización es la distribución de cannabis entre sus miembros y la consecuente generación de nuevos espacios de socialización, ha sorprendido al más optimistas de los partidarios de unas políticas de drogas más legítimas. En poco tiempo, la sociedad civil, a pesar de sus gobernantes, ha aportado una respuesta a un problema que la realpolitik no supo afrontar.
The exponential proliferation of the number of associations, clubs and other groups that distribute cannabis among their members and create new spaces for socialising, has surprised even the most optimistic advocates of more reasonable drug policies. In a short time, and in spite of those in government, civil society has provided a response to a problem that realpolitik has been unable to tackle.