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Friday, March 2, 2012

Desperate Spanish Village Turns to Marijuana to Make Ends Meet

MADRID (AP) — A tiny Spanish village has voted to lease land for growing marijuana as a source of desperately needed revenue — a unique but legally questionable way of battling an economic crisis highlighted by staggering unemployment and a looming recession.

A government official with the National Drug Plan said such planting would in fact be against the law and that prosecutors would intervene as soon as the first pot seed was sown.

The village of Rasquera, population 900 and in the northeastern Catalonia region, said its town hall councilors approved the plan Wednesday night in a 4-3 vote.

Rasquera is a picturesque, compact hamlet of stone buildings at the foot of a mountain range in Tarragona province. It has a castle that dates back to the 12th century.

The Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia says it is the kind of village that is dying — its young people leaving for lack of work, and those left behind desperate for some lure to keep people put. Read More