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The Citizens’ Security law, enacted in Spain on July 1, has received much scrutiny from Spaniards because is restricts many basic human rights. It is being referred to as “Ley Mordaza,” or the “Gag Law” because it removes peoples’ rights to public protest, limits freedom of expression, and makes taking photographs of police illegal, among other things.

There is one upside to the passing of this stringent law, however. One section, article 36.18, was amended so that cultivating cannabis is only illegal if the plants are visible in public places. Although growing cannabis was made illegal in 1967, it was widely disregarded, and cannabis cultivation and use has remained engrained throughout the country.

Private possession has been decriminalized for many years, but now the cultivation of the plant will be allowed as well. Reportedly, most smaller grow operations were usually just destroyed when found, and cultivation equipment was seized. Now, seedlings can also be sold by shops and growers, as long as they are not openly displayed.

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