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Spain: High Hopes

A village in eastern Spain wants to grow cannabis in a bid to counteract the financial crisis. The project has divided the local community.

The mayor of Rasquera in the province of Tarragona hopes the project will create new jobs for the 900 residents. Growing hemp plants would also help to pay off debts. The villagers would lease their fields to an initiative from Barcelona that wants to produce the cannabis. In Spain, cannabis is only permitted for private use and dealing is illegal. As a result of the current financial crisis large numbers of city dwellers who face unemployment are moving into rural areas, but mostly to cultivate spelt rather than hemp.