We must travel to Europe for it, but I am pleased to report that the world has a new, good idea. A tiny Spanish village has voted to lease land for growing marijuana as a source of desperately needed revenue. The village of Rasquera, population 900 and in the northeastern Catalonia region, said its town hall councillors approved the plan on Wednesday night in a 4-3 vote. Rasquera is a picturesque, compact hamlet of stone buildings at the foot of a mountain range in Tarragona province. It has a castle that dates back to the 12th century.
The Barcelona newspaper, La Vanguardia, says it is the kind of village that is dying - its young people leaving for lack of work, and those left behind desperate for some lure to keep people put. The idea is for private citizens to lease or lend land to town hall, which would then create a company to manage the land and lease it to an association of marijuana-smokers in Barcelona. Under Spanish law, consumption in private of cannabis in small amounts is allowed. But growing it for sale, or advertising it or selling it, are illegal.
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