Spain Hamlet Votes On Pot-growing To Pay Off Debt

April 10, 2012 by staff 

Spain Hamlet Votes On Pot-growing To Pay Off Debt, What about growing marijuana to pay off municipal debt? One Spanish village is putting the idea to a vote. The referendum Tuesday in Rasquera, population 960, in the northeastern Catalonia region is a quirky, legally touchy illustration of Spain’s deep financial woes.

The seven-member town council first approved the idea in March, but it ignited such controversy that the mayor agreed to put it to a referendum in the hamlet of mostly retirees.

At least 75 percent must be in favor for the plan to go ahead. If that happens, a plot of land will be leased to an association of marijuana buffs in Barcelona who would grow the plants and pay Rasquera €1.3 million ($1.7 million). Some 40 jobs – growing, harvesting and packaging the pot – would allegedly be created.

The payment by the pot-smoking group ABCDA is about equal to the debt owed by this picturesque hamlet that sits at the foot of a mountain range and has a castle that dates back to the 12th century.

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