Spanish police have arrested 65 chinese mafia members connected to two separate clans in a single underground operation containing 40,000 plants in different growth stages and 600kg packaged for sale. The cannabis was destined for sale around Catalonia, including Barcelona. Many proponents of legalization point at the need for proper regulation to avoid foreign mafias continuing to produce the nation’s cannabis. In Spain, it is illegal to buy or sell cannabis, but home use and cultivation is allowed. In many cities, it is impractical for the occasional user to grow at home, so they are forced into the black market where they stumble across mafia grown weed.
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Joseph Cassini is a writer and designer for The Cannabis Cactus Magazine. He enjoys cooking, history, and smoking cannabis outside of the city.