By Steve Elliott
The Basque Parliament has asked the Spanish Government, the Parliament and the Justice Administration for "solid progress" on marijuana legalization and regulation, criticizing the "setback" that led to Supreme Court judgments against Basque cannabis clubs.
The House defended a "regulated solution" to allow the operation of cannabis clubs, passed as the Basque Addictions Act on April 7. The text adopted on Monday invites cannabis clubs and associations existing in the Basque Country to go ahead and "establish self-regulatory mechanisms, good practices" and work with the Administration, even though no specific regulations yet exist.
Acting Health Minister Alfonso Alonso last June said the central government is studying an appeal against the Law on Addictions with the possibility that legalizing and regulating the cannabis clubs exceeded the authority of the Basque Country.
It was pointed out that these cannabis clubs have already been operating for some time in Basque Country, and, in general, are pretty good at regulating themselves in an "orderly and responsible" fashion.