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Spanish police shut down ‘coffee shop’ selling giant, $1,360 joints

Jun 22, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Weed, hash and cash seized from budding business

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A Spanish business billing itself as a “coffee shop” apparently subscribed to the bigger, the better adage by illegally selling massive joints priced at a jaw-dropping $1,360.

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Since shuttered by the national police, the San Pedro Alcántara shop, an area between Marbella and the Sierra de Ronda mountain range, was raided on June 14, police confirmed this week, according to the Spanish-language publication, La Nocion.

Among the items that officers found and seized were 397 joints ready for sale, some of these the jumbo variety priced far out of reach of the average cannabis consumer, per Euro Weekly News.

Officers also confiscated almost 2.2 kilograms of cannabis, 663 grams of hash, and approximately $506 in cash and documentation.

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Although the size of the jumbo joints was not noted, an article published in Goldleaf earlier this year detailed five of the most expensive weed varieties in the U.S. Cannabis Caviar, with 32 per cent THC and priced at about $1,820 per 28 grams, topped the list.

The Spanish coffee shop got onto police radar after officers received tips that there seemed to be more consumption of narcotics nearby the business, per La Nocion.

Monitoring the situation, officers for the “Trumpet” operation witnessed people entering and then exiting the shop within minutes.

The police then “made several marijuana arrest warrants among the regulars at the ‘coffee shop,’ which confirmed the initial suspicions,” the publication reports.

So-called coffee shops, where cannabis and hash are bought and consumed, are commonplace in Amsterdam. Per Amsterdam.info, customers must be 18 to 21, depending on the specific establishment, are allowed to come to the same shop no more than twice daily and can buy a maximum of five grams a day.

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With regards to the Spanish bust, Euro Weekly News reports a 33-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman in charge of the business were arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs.

According to Spain Weed Guide, it is legal to smoke cannabis for personal use in the privacy of one’s home since marijuana has been decriminalized. That said, selling cannabis continues to be off-limits and “cannabis trafficking can lead to criminal offences, jail time and a steep penalty,” the information states.

“In cases where the drugs supplied would not cause substantial harm to the user and his or her health, the penalties vary from one to three years’ imprisonment,” per 321CBD. “This is increased to six years for the strongest substances,” it adds.

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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA) reports that “there is the possibility to impose lower penalties on the basis of ‘personal circumstances and severity of the offence.’”

Close-up of large joints included in police image of items seized from coffee shop. /
Close-up of large joints included in police image of items seized from coffee shop. / Photo by Twitter

In an EMCDDA report on cannabis prices and potency, updated in June 2021, the centre notes the price for cannabis resin in the European Union, Norway and Turkey ranged from three to 25 euros per gram while dried flower fetched from five to 20 euros. The percentage of THC for resin also ranged widely, from 12 to 29 per cent for weed resin and five to 20 per cent for herbal cannabis.

That is considerably higher than the “typical” price for a gram of marijuana herb in Spain in 2009, which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported was about five euros.

In March 2020, during the early stages of COVID-19, Reuters reported that the street price of cannabis in some cities of neighbouring France, where recreational cannabis remains prohibited, surged because of tight border controls imposed as part of countrywide lockdowns.

Though France has one of Europe’s highest consumption rates, the article pointed out, most cannabis resin entering the country “comes from Morocco via Spain,” while cannabis is typically imported from the Netherlands.

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