Acquiring marijuana in a legal and legitimate cannabis club, social club or coffee shop (which are all essentially the same thing) – but you must first be a member of the club. And in order to become a member of the club, you must request an invitation and pay the annual membership fee, which is the same fee for residents or tourists (typically between €20 and €50).
In addition to consuming marijuana on the premises of the club where you acquired it, it’s also legal to consume it in the privacy of one’s home. However, if you’re staying in a hotel, you need to check with the management to see if it is allowed on the property. Although most hotels do not allow smoking of any kind in a guest room, it may be tolerated on a private terrace – but always check with management before doing so. If I’m a tourist and don’t know anyone in Barcelona, how do I get invited to a club?
This is a common question and one that really doesn’t have a simple answer. According to some recent changes in the law (which are still fuzzy), clubs may choose to offer tourists an “endorsement” in which you would undergo a personal interview along with the completion of a membership application/registration. The club itself can then choose to endorse you – and you’ll have your membership after paying the membership fee.
If you do want to try this approach, always contact the club in advance to see if it’s a possibility there. And don’t expect a lengthy explanation when you do contact them in advance. What you can expect is a yes or no answer, but you must then go into the club for the personal interview process. Also, it’s illegal for cannabis clubs to disclose information about their menu to the public. That’s considered promotion, which is illegal.