BARCELONA: The Spanish village of Rasquera has adopted in a referendum a plan to rent out a field for growing cannabis in an urgent bid to create jobs and raise money to pay off its debts.
Rasquera’s village council on February 29 approved the plan to rent seven hectares of public land to an association that promotes the legal recreational or therapeutic use of cannabis by its 5,000 members in a 4-3 vote.
But since the plan was met with fierce opposition from some residents and opposition parties who fear it will turn the village into a drugs mecca, the council agreed to put it to a referendum on Tuesday.
A total of 804 residents were eligible to cast ballots in the referendum which posed the question: “Do you agree with the anti-crisis plan approved by the Rasquera town hall on February 29?”
To the delight of Mayor Bernat Pellisa, 308 voters agreed with 239 against, a 56.3 percent “yes” which Pellisa described as a “magnificent result.”
Earlier the mayor had threatened to resign with the entire council if the “yes” vote was less than 75 percent, but he happily brushed that aside saying: “Tomorrow morning we’ll take decisions after digesting the results.”