If Spain is like anywhere else on the planet right now, it might be like Argentina, where similiar clubs are currently flourishing in gray areas of the law.
Unlike Spain, however, Argentina is also moving explicitly on the legalization of medical use.
It is like saying that bakers can open a patisserie but cannot bake bread.
Police crackdowns, particularly in the last couple of years, resulted in shutdowns of some of the larger clubs, along with prosecutions for drug trafficking for individuals.
The frustration with the current situation is also growing.
The law would also open the way for greater reform specifically.
As of this date, doctors are reluctant, for the most part, to prescribe the drug for medical purposes.
Marijuana, even for medical use, remains technically illegal.
That said, since 1993, per the decision of the drug prosecutor in Barcelona, cannabis cultivation for consumption in private clubs has technically been beyond the reach of the law, creating, just like Holland, an odd strain of a semi legalization.
In the grey spaces of that law, a new kind of marijuana culture has begun to emerge if not establish itself.
While producing, selling or transporting marijuana is illegal for all reasons, personal consumption of it, plus the right to congregate, is of course perfectly legal.
And in this space, private, non-profit cannabis clubs have flourished.
Much like the underground private club loophole in other places (from the U. to the UK), cannabis clubs in Spain operate on a monthly “membership fee” basis, and allow members to join and smoke in private – as long as they are sponsored by another member.
There are now 268 private cannabis-only clubs registered in Barcelona alone, supported by over 200,000 private citizens.