March means Spannabis, one of the biggest cannabis expos in the world, with over 30,000 visitors expected. Paradise Seeds will be there too of course! Spannabis is one of the top stops on our yearly expo tour and Spain has a big place in Paradise hearts!
This month we will be joining seed companies, grow equipment, cannabis accessory retailers (from smoking tools to clothing), musicians, entertainers, world-renowned speakers on the annual migration to the wonderful city of Barcelona.
The History of Spannabis
This grand event began in 2002 when a group of Spanish canna-entrepreneurs decided it was time that Spain had its own European hemp expo. It was a tough task, because the local authorities were not so cannabis friendly back then!
However, that now all seems like a long time ago. Spannabis moved to The Feria de Cornella for its second edition and this exhibition centre has been its home since that time; the organization also runs events in Malaga and Madrid.
The 2016 edition of Spannabis (the 13th) will be the biggest Barcelona expo yet - a combination of trade and retail show, the meeting place for The World Cannabis Congress and home to this year's Champions Cup competition.
Paradise Seeds will be in the main hall, stand 25. Come by, say hi, you may get a free gift ;)
The Spannabis Effect - Barcelona's Cannabis Social Clubs
The Spannabis effect is obvious to see in Barcelona! Between 2012 - 2014, there was an explosion in cannabis social clubs and many on the cannabis scene were calling the city the new 'Amsterdam'
In the past year there have been moves to scale back the scale of the social club scene - with the authorities closing down some clubs and even bringing some prosecutions. Nevertheless, Barcelona remains a city where the cannabis smoker can enjoy an excellent selection of herbs and hash, which is generally tolerated (although a degree of discretion is recommended).
There are various websites that explain the process of becoming a member of a cannabis social club, such as cannabisbarcelona. If you are visiting Spannabis you can sample the social club experience, as several of them will be hosting Spannabis spin off parties and events.
We'd like to give a special mention to the Dabadoo hash competition, organised by the amazing Queen of Hash, Mila, who celebrated her 70th birthday last year by riding alongside Team Paradise in the Medical Cannabis Bike Tour.