Following Barcelona, the City Council of the Basque city of Bilbao announced it will start the process of regulating cannabis social clubs and outlets inside them. The city is already home to more than a dozen of the nonprofit associations, which supply cannabis to their members and provide safe locations to consume, but local government backing would be a huge step forward.
Bilbao City Council will include in the new General Urban Development Plan (PGOU) a rule for smoking clubs, including cannabis clubs, to have a smoke extraction duct in their headquarters. As reported by the councilman of Works and Urban Planning Asier Abaunza these should be located on the roof of the building, which will also have double access door to the premises
Another measure that will be included in the new PGOU – currently in the pipeline – also affects this type of association or club. All those that have a smoking room must be located on the ground floor and have a lobby before the sidewalk, which is why a double access door must be installed. In addition, outlets should be located on the ground floor and have a pre-curb lobby. There are currently half a dozen clubs or associations of this type in Bilbao.
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The City Council will also regulate cannabis associations configuration
Abaunza has pointed out that this new rule will be a general urban norm referring to associative uses, and will affect clubs of cannabis users. The mayor has indicated that currently in Bilbao there are “small problems of coexistence” in some communities due to the “smells” coming from a cannabis club.
The councilman has listed half a dozen clubs of this type in Bilbao. He also explained that the City Council wanted to regulate the configuration of the cannabis associations in urban terms because, although they are “legally constituted” entities and even collaborate with the Basque Government, they still remain in “legal limbo” with regard to their activities.
Abaunza recalled that Bilbao City Council was preparing a draft to regulate cannabis associations, but in 2017 the Constitutional Court “overturned” the Basque law on Comprehensive Care for Addictions and Drug Addiction, which regulates these clubs. The matter was left pending until now, when it has been decided to include the new rule in the PGOU.
Cannabis – an easy find in Bilbao
Bilbao is located in northern Spain and is the largest city in the Basque country. It is one of the richest and most prominent areas in the entire country. For the lovers of cannabis, there is good news. Spain has very liberal drug laws and cannabis is partially legalized. There are a lot of people smoking cannabis in the country and it should not be much of a problem to find cannabis in Bilbao.
If you do not live in Spain, you cannot get into the cannabis clubs. However, there are many street dealers walking around town. The train station, parks and the river are good spots to find dealers in Bilbao. However, in order to get better cannabis, and avoid getting ripped off, you might want to try asking the locals. If you go out and ask any Spanish student, should be able to hook you up. Cannabis is much more easily available than weed in Spain and it is also cheaper.
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