Spain Hamlet Votes on Pot-Growing to Pay Off Debt
Rasquera, Spain - A Spanish hamlet of mostly retirees is voting on whether it should allow marijuana-growing as a source of revenue to pay off its debt.
The referendum is being held Tuesday in Rasquera, population 960, in the northeastern Catalonia region.
The seven-member town council first approved the idea in March but such controversy ensued that the mayor agreed to put it to a referendum.
At least 75 percent of the votes must be in favor for the plan to go ahead. If that happens, a
plot of land will be leased to an association of marijuana buffs in Barcelona who would grow the plants and pay Rasquera €1.3 million ($1.7 million).
The Spanish government has warned, however, that this kind of large-scale marijuana cultivation would be illegal.