This is a translated post from CERCA relating to a spate of closures in recent weeks. If you are in the Barcelona area in particular you should attend the meeting described at the end of the article, no matter what your nationality. These associations are made up of normal people like you and I and we all need the support.
Last week, Thursday, February 11, the Associative Movement of cannabis Autoconsumo Association (MACA) in Barcelona closed its doors. It has done so as a precautionary measure at the request of the Court of Instruction No. 20 of Barcelona, which has declared the activities of the association as unlawful when even the recent setbacks experienced with the judgments of the Supreme Court doubted the right of association.
In the Spanish State , Catalonia and the Basque Country as pioneers, people who use cannabis have managed to collectively build a system for self-supply of cannabis without having to resort to the illicit market , knowing what we consume, organizing programs to reduce risk, management pleasures, we crowded through non-profit organization of seniors, and consumers prior to we network with our environment, we are part of other social movements and jointly build a change to this nonsense that criminalizes us. We are people and we have rights. Each association is forced to close its doors are hundreds of people who are forced to return to the illicit market. And criminals are we? It is time for bold steps locally for global responsibility before us.
Maca was one of the first Cannabis Associations established in Catalonia and pioneered to open a therapeutic support led by Dr. Joan Parés only last year treated more than 100 people with problems like glaucoma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain … a cannabis association should not be room for all these people that it is high time that they can normalize their care, monitoring and medication, but to date the associations have also led shelters information and support in these cases as necessary.
Maca is a committed partnership formed by Club members share responsibility for a project of political struggle in defense of the rights of people who use cannabis . The MACA is part of the CatFAC and FAC, REMA is part of the CAB, the CJB, ward council, and Addictions Working Group of the City of Barcelona. It is an association that is dedicated to improving the conditions of people living in your neighborhood, who cares about the environment, and which actively participates. In short, working tirelessly for peaceful coexistence.
The MACA is made up of people like you , men, women, parents, workers, students, unemployed, pensioners … by activists who want to make their voices heard to give prominence to the people who use cannabis. For a society that binds to create changes and provide alternatives to iron fist following drowning us with hypocrisy and popular systems control.
We have spent many years denouncing our legal uncertainty, the real crime is to continue back to our reality. We need a comprehensive regulation of cannabis , that the laws are appropriate to the reality and needs of people. Our fight is for a drug policies that protect public health and vulnerable groups as policies based on fear, lies and the prohibition behave just the opposite. This is our commitment and, paradoxically, is what leads us to have problems with the prosecution. There is contradictory to punish us because of the huge task that involves differentiate the black market? It seems that current laws promote and protect the illicit market and once, and become a criminal penalize those struggling to get out.
The MACA closed doors today to comply with the order and respect the coexistence of rules that gives us the rule of law. And they will not stop us. Today cannabis movement joins forces with this new impact on our rights. The MACA us all !!!
For all this, we convened a Special General Assembly, Monday, 15 February at the Social Centre Street Olzinelles Sants, 30 Barcelona, 19:30.
It will be an open space to all organizations, institutions, people who share with us the way in the struggle for social and political rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights.
Let us force all together , and that resonates strongly slammed to close !!!
MACA will reopen the doors !!!