The cannabis shop recently opened its doors in the center of Málaga. The Italian franchise Cannabis Store Amsterdam, specializing in selling products related to CBD, has just opened an establishment in Calderería street, next to Uncibay square. Specifically, it is the premises that until a few months ago was occupied by the Carmen Sorolla shoe store, which closed its doors in early December.
A new cannabis shop in Málaga has opened in the heart of the city. The Italian chain, Cannabis Store Amsterdam, opened a franchise on Caldereria street, next to Uncibay square.
Six people work in the new establishment and it joins those already open in Marbella and Torremolinos. As the sale of marijuana is forbidden in Spain, the items offered inside the new cannabis shop in Málaga are made from industrial hemp or CBD, a compound without the psychoactive effects that cannabis is known for. In no case do the products have THC, which is the illegal constituent.
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Cannabis shop in Málaga sells a variety of legal products
The business, therefore, offers customers branded products that have an eye-catching green logo with the figure of a cannabis leaf. This includes backpacks, hats, t-shirts and ready-to-eat products such as tea, coffee or sweets.
The person in charge of the franchise explained that in the first days the Chupa Chups – which are sold in various flavors – and the cookies have been very well received at the new cannabis shop in Málaga.
“Everything we sell is completely legal,” he pointed out.
Italian cannabis store franchise makes its way across Europe
Born in Rotterdam, the head of the local franchise explained that he met the owners of the company on one of his many trips to the Costa del Sol. During a visit to Marbella, he passed by the store and liked the concept.
Since then, he started to investigate before he managed to open his cannabis shop in Málaga’s city centre. Cannabis Store Amsterdam has more than 20 stores all over Europe, from London to Montpellier.
The business of Cannabis Store Amsterdam is based on the part of the plant that is legal. According to Alberto Berdion, managing partner of the legal consultancy Iberislex, the psychotropic component is exclusively THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), while there is no prohibition on its other component, CBD (cannabidiol). This is what has led to the company’s business model.
Cannabis store in Málaga faces issues with branding
The Italian company arrives in the capital at a particularly delicate time. The European Court of Justice has prevented the new cannabis store in Málaga from registering the logo, considering it “contrary to public order.”
The court found that these symbols could incite drug use and thus refused registration to an Italian citizen who wanted to open a store under that name and register it as a European trademark.
In a decision published in mid-December, the European Court rejected the appeal lodged by the Italian company Santa Conte against a decision of the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office.
The Office had refused to register a figurative sign consisting of a black background with a pattern of green marijuana leaves on which “Cannabis Store Amsterdam” can be read in white capital letters as a European trademark.
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