According to Spanish law, the consumption and possession of marijuana is restricted to private spaces. This means you can only partake in it at home or at designated associations. Known as cannabis social clubs, these exclusive associations require membership for access, and are not open to the public. These clubs operate within legal limits, ensuring a controlled and safe environment for cannabis use. To enter such an association, you must become a member via invitation from an existing member, or from the club itself. Upon approval, you'll receive a membership card granting access to the club.
Unlike Amsterdam's weed coffeeshops, Spanish cannabis social clubs have a distinct model. They are non-profit associations focusing on a members-only format, cultivating marijuana exclusively for their members' consumption. By contrast, coffeeshops sell cannabis to the public alongside food and drink, essentially functioning as cafes that also sell weed. To gain access to cannabis produced by the club, members pay a voluntary contribution, also known as donation. These clubs do not engage in traditional "buying" or "selling" like at coffeeshops; instead, terms like "get," "have," or "collect" are appropriate. This donation model ensures compliance with the law, enabling clubs to operate and members to enjoy cannabis legally.
To join a cannabis club in Barcelona, you need to pay an annual fee of €20-€50. As mentioned above, membership fees differ between establishments. Discounts and short-term memberships are not usually offered. Keep in mind that, if visiting with friends, each person must register individually ensuring compliance with legal requirements and pay annual membership fee.
Upon paying the annual fee, you’ll get 12 months' access to the club — but this does not include items from the dispensary. These purchases must be made using separate donations. Typically, these range from €8 to €15 per gram, depending on the strain of weed. Most clubs are cash-only, so bring sufficient funds with you.
Identity card. Your identity card (ID) and/or valid ID. Clubs follow the KYC (know your customer) rule and must verify your identity before letting you in.
Invitation letter. To become a member, you must be invited by a valid member of the club or have an invention from the club itself. Bring your letter to confirm your invitation.
Cash. Cannabis associations do not accept any bank cards, so be sure to bring enough cash to cover your needs.
Entrances to cannabis clubs in Barcelona are not signposted. Instead, you have to find the doorbell and ring it. Upon doing so, you will soon be let in and taken to reception by one of the club’s staff members.
When you visit a club for the first time, you’ll be taken to the reception desk to complete the registration process. The club is responsible for ensuring that only club members of the appropriate age are present on the premises, so you’ll be required to provide valid proof of ID in order to register. After that, the club staff will explain the establishment’s rules and answer any questions you might have.
There are several different areas inside the club, including:
Here you’ll find diverse cannabis options, including various weed strains, pre-rolls (joints, spliffs), hashish, edibles, vape products. Here, you’ll also be able to purchase extracts like wax, resin, shatter, sugar wax, and so on. Members are restricted to a monthly consumption limit of 100 g/person, ensuring responsible use. At the dispensary, you’ll also find rolling paper, filters, grinders, tobacco, and smoking devices like bongs, pipes and vaporizers, etc.
In these areas, you can expect to find sofas with coffee tables where you can relax and enjoy your stay. Many clubs also feature special gaming zones, stages for musicians and comedians, rooms for large companies, and separate tables for private moments.
Some cannabis clubs have comfortable, specially equipped tables for working on a laptop, offering both Wi-Fi access and power points.
Cannabis clubs in Barcelona offer a unique and friendly atmosphere that sets them apart from Amsterdam's coffee shops or California's weed cafes. Respect and maintain this ambiance during your visit. Maintain a calm and peaceful environment: avoid making excessive noise, talking loudly, or yelling. No photography and videotaping. Be considerate: respect personal boundaries, privacy, and the personal space of others. Any form of inappropriate behavior, such as harassment or aggression, may result in the cancellation of your membership and expulsion from the club.
Leave cannabis for storage.
If you have unused cannabis, you can have it stored in the club dispensary under your name until your next visit to the club.
Leaving the club.
Inside the club, you can legally consume as much as you like. After, you are allowed to go out in public, even if still under the influence of weed.
Take any unused cannabis with you.
Cannabis use is legal only within the premises of the club; consumption in public spaces is strictly forbidden, and carries fines of between €500 and €1,000. As such, we would advise not to consume marijuana outside the club. If you do choose to carry cannabis, be discreet and hide it well, preferably in your underwear.
Coffee shops are establishments in Amsterdam where you can buy and use marijuana. Access to coffeeshops is open to everyone over the age of 18, but the amount that one visitor can purchase is limited to 5 grams per day. In such places, cannabis is sold alongside typical coffee shop fare, including food and drink.
These clubs are private, members-only establishments, closed from the outside public. Within these non-profit associations, marijuana is grown using membership fees and is consumed only by club members.
Cannabis cafes are legalized establishments in the United States, where visitors can consume marijuana in various forms, like smoking and vaping. Gusts also have the opportunity to order food and drink.
Weed shops are stores in Spain where you can buy accessories for cannabis consumption: bongs, pipes, vapes, etc. Also on sale are products containing CBD. These shops are open to the general public.
Growshops stores where anyone can buy seeds, fertilizers, and other pieces of equipmentnecessary for growing cannabis.