Medical Cannabis Association Marbella

A quick update to our situation and what’s been happening the last few weeks, it’s been very busy and that’s the excuse I am sticking to for not updating the blog as frequently as I should.

downloadSo, about a month ago, after what seemed an eternity and hundreds of potential venues we finally secured some properties. It really was a roller coaster ride finding somewhere suitable. With us wanting to be pretty much self-regulating there were lots of things to take into consideration. Then we had/have the vision to cater for those people who have been left out a little, the less socially orientated medical users who don’t feel comfortable in the ‘traditional’ cannabis lounges and on top of these considerations there were the owners of the properties who we wanted to inform about our association without going into too much detail and had to agree for their property to be used. There were several close calls along the way but now it’s done.

If I’d wanted to grow in secret in private spaces and sell cannabis products then I could have been doing that in private for the last decade. I have no particular issues with ‘black market’ as such but in our own case we are trying to work in a way that can be productive and self-regulated in a manner that might help lead to real regulation down the line right? and so the properties were an integral part of this. Our production site will be growing sggpecifically for members and not receiving ‘donations’ from outside sources and we are open to authorities about where this production takes place.

This is one area that many fellow cannabis clubs don’t feel comfortable with and some choose to go the other route of keeping the grow facility/facilities secret. That way if they do get ‘busted’ then they don’t lose all the products. I totally understand that situation and is one big reason why regulation is needed, we have just decided that we will do it the transparent way and take the risks. If we get ‘busted’ that’s when we hope we have everything else in order and accurate. From members numbers and requirements all tallying with the production itself, not over producing by the tonne (as a recent club got ‘busted’ for)

On the dispensary side, the venue was always going to be a bit different as I alluded to earlier. It has always been about people getting medicine, rather than the venue itself.
At the same time I wanted it to be somewhere that folks like my mom n dad would visit, people who although quite liberal-minded probably wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a social bar type cannabis club. This is sadly a common theme too, people’s stigmas, or more accurately peoples bosses stigmas and the fear people have about even being associated with cannabis, even if suffering ill-health. There simply is not enough CHOICE at the moment and at the end of the day, most good things in life come down to having choice.

cannabis-oilSo we finalised the ‘dispensary’ and office too. Near Marbella as oppose to Estepona where we initially started. The last few weeks has been about labouring, painting and trying to get the place respectable at the very least. It wasnt left in the best of conditions and we are on a very tight budget so not really able to fork out for the ‘cosmetic’ changes we might wish for but we are doing our best. We have all been working hard to try to build solid foundations to look after our members long-term in a secure and safe environment.

The idea is for members to generally visit by appointment and take their medicine home with them as oppose to spend time there as a social venue. It does have a pleasant garden area tho and we do make a decent cuppa. We are going to be using these new places over the coming days and hope that early visitors bear with us during these early days.

In fact feel free to chip in with any ‘labour and parts’!

For more information about memberships please view: Association Medicinal Cannabis Spain

Malaga Association Update – AMCS

Hola todos

Not a great deal to report this month over here, a recent large survey showed that 50% of Spanish people approve of cannabis regulation. A positive spin on that report which can be found at EuroWeeeklyNews. It does leave you wondering about the other 50%, I suppose we put them down to a variety of reasons, lack of information, institutional biases and just plain bigotry but it surely has to be a matter of time before some form of legislation is passed here.

I have always thought that the private associations like the one we are trying to create are instrumental in some legislative approval down the line. We really have that chance to set examples to the whole world out here, from low costs, non profit to socially acceptable community service for the public. This is why it has been very frustrating over the last few years when these privileged clubs (because they are privileged in comparison to most countries) just go against the ‘guidelines’ and run places like they were running coffee shops in Amsterdam 30 years ago, buying from the black market and creating the type of environment that authorities are asking us not to create.

Over the last few weeks I have been speaking to another ‘cannabis club’ in Amalgam area and they have gone about things in a very different way. Dutch influences, activist tendencies and lots of passion but they are still operating under a system that really still keeps the product totally black market. i.e Buy from x sources that are secret. They are good people and the herb is good and the prices are great, unlike many that are ripping people off. However they don’t quite see that doing things the ‘new way’ as it were is the way to move forward. They really fear that we letting authorities know where the farm is will lead to big problems with the police etc.

I do see their points, sometimes certain individuals whether they are in the police, council or just a civilian will not agree with what you are doing and will try to bring you down. A copper who doesn’t like your face might chop down all the plants and ask questions of legality afterwards. This Im afraid is part of the landscape still but we have to take the chances, we have to help show that the guidelines are ones that can make the industry work for everybody and that by having farms that have known locations to thje police etc is actually a good thing, they know where it is, how much is grown because every ounce is accounted for and it doesn’t mix in the black market whatsoever. Also the product is green, economical and provides genuine medicine for its people, can create jobs for locals and taxes from these work contracts for the government. A win win win win situation… As oppose to license fees and\or taxes like they might in America on the actual product which of course will mean higher prices, less choice and a booming black market, dohhhhhhh.

So yes, we continue our proposals though have hit a slight snag at this moment. My ‘investor’ hasn’t managed to come through with the amount of funds I initially planned for. At this moment we are at second stage of proposals and everything has my home address on it. For the sake of a normal life and respect for my neighbours and partner etc etc then I don’t want my home address on the proposals so the time is now to rent the farm. I found a couple of really ideal spaces. One a small house with a warehouse and farmland which would be ideal for the growsite and a person or persons to reside at too, the growing team etc. Its still early in the process which could take another couple of months so this farm must be rented for I suspect 6 months before we start getting up to speed. Unfortunately they wanted more deposits than I expected and coupled with the less than expecting funding I might very well be looking for one more cog in this wheel so if anyone is serious and interested or of course knows someone who fits our ideals and may wish to come on board for a few k let me know!

On a personal level, more of the same which is actually a good thing 🙂 My pet count stands at 26 right now and the numbers will go up a bit this week when we collect the new piglet to keep ‘sunshine’ company. Its been v wet but I appreciate it, the land needs it, it fills up the duck pond for free and we get the magic mountain stream start to flow at the bottom of the garden. Very cool.

Hope everybody is well, Speak to you soon