Amsterdam- The Catalan village Rasquera wants to keep head above water during the economic crisis by leasing land for cannabis cultivation.
The council has adopted a proposal for this with four votes to three Wednesday night, a proposal for adoption. The central government has announced to intervene when the first seeds are put into the ground.
Rasquera is a village of nine hundred inhabitants, situated at the foot of a mountain range in the province of Tarragona. It is built compactly and has a castle dating from the twelfth century. According to the newspaper La Vanguardia, the village is slowly becoming empty; young people leave because there is no work and the people staying are desperately looking for revenue sources.
The latest plan is to move private individuals to lease land to the municipality, which wants to establish a company to lease the land to a club of marijuana users from Barcelona.
The Spanish law allows small-scale private use of marijuana. But growing for sales, advertising and the sale itself are prohibited.
The marijuana users that want to rent the ground, ABCDA, write on their website that they will do an initial investment of thirty thousand euros, but they do not mention how much they will pay Rasquera on an annual basis. According to ABCDA, the project will provide forty jobs in Rasquera and the marijuana produced will be for its members.