During the last meeting, the Congress of People's Deputies of Spain rejected the project for the legalization of therapeutic and recreational cannabis, proposed by the Party of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC). The bill, which has been in development since September 2021, is already the second national cannabis regulation proposal to be rejected by the Spanish Parliament in recent years.
Technically, the project only called for the "decriminalization" of cannabis, which meant the legalization of the production and import of therapeutic cannabis, as well as the national legalization of social clubs for recreational cannabis users. The bill also provided for the legalization of home cultivation of recreational cannabis without a permit, in the amount of 6 bushes at a time, with a maximum yield of 480 grams per year. In addition, the bill also contained a proposal to fund a public campaign aimed at preventing the abuse of cannabis for intoxication purposes.
The bill was ultimately voted down by the major parties in Parliament, namely the Socialist Party (PSOE), the Spanish People's Party (PP), Vox, and the Foro party. Representatives of the Unidas Podemos party, other parties of the left and the socialist bloc, as well as Basque and Catalan nationalists expressed their support.
Just a year and a half ago, representatives of the PSOE, PP and Vox rejected a similar project submitted by the Más País party, which was also supported by left-wing parties and regionalists.