More than 70 organizations support the "Green March" against the trial of "Grandma Marijuana"
Activists of the cannabis movement left on buses from different parts of Spain to focus on Wednesday during the oral hearing in Malaga for the oldest defender of cannabis regularization.
More than 70 cannabis activist organizations across Spain have supported the Green March which has been launched in different parts of the country to support Fernanda de la Figuera, 76 years old, the oldest activist for the legalization of cannabis, who will be judged Wednesday in the city of Malaga. At a hearing, the Attorney General's Office applied for four years in prison for growing cannabis.
The organizers of the campaign to support Fernanda de la Figuera, led by the Action Group for the Legalization of Cannabis in Spain (GALCE), hope that this unprecedented mobilization to support a person judged to have grown cannabis for his own use is a "turning point in the fight for consumer rights". Its president, Paco Mascaraque, who launched the movement of solidarity with the activist, is clear: "The legal situation of cannabis in Spain, after almost a century of prohibition, is a failure and it is urgent to move to policies regulations that protect us, the users, so that we stop being punished for having consumed or cultivated a plant that has been used since antiquity. "
The Green March left Barcelona and Santander by bus and stopped in Valladolid, Madrid and Alicante to transfer people who want to express their support tomorrow at a silent rally in front of the City of Justice of Malaga during the resumption of the an oral hearing that was suspended last April for lack of documents deemed essential for the conduct of the trial. "The call was a success," says Mascaraque, who points out that he had never before organized a mobilization of this magnitude in Spain to support a person prosecuted for causes such as the one that can lead to the Fernanda Prison of the Figuera, the grandmother of marijuana.
The lawsuit against this activist continued for facts that occurred five years ago, in 2014, when the Guardia Civil intervened in an orchard cultivating the plant for an association of women with essentially therapeutic and medical use.
"I am an activist and I do not do business with cannabis. Cannabis is a pleasure and also serves to cure diseases, and what I do is share it with my friends. Nothing more. I have never been involved in any traffic. I am an activist of self-cultivation, because I consider it the best way to consume and to know what we consume, "said Fernanda de la Figuera on the eve of the trial that was suspended in April and resumes tomorrow.
Increased plant seizures
The latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, from 2018, show that seizures of cannabis plants in Spain have increased by 263% over the last five years, although last year they decreased by 13% compared to 2017 and just over 918 000 were seized, ranging from small crops for self-consumption to large plantations from traffic. At the same time, according to the Government's own report, the penalties for the use or possession of drugs in public places have increased by 12%, which constitutes a serious offense included in the law on the protection of public security, commonly known as Gag law, which is widely applied for the use of cannabis.
In this context, the organizers of the Green March demand that the next Spanish government "take the necessary measures for the full legalization of the use, possession, cultivation, transport and distribution of cannabis". according to them, "would put an end to injustices like the fact that licenses are granted to multinational companies for the cultivation of cannabis in our country while persecuting those who do it, but for their own interests".
Among those who support this march of solidarity with Fernanda de la Figuera is the Círculo Sectorial Cannábico de Podemos, whose group in parliament came to draw up at the end of the last legislature a draft law for the legalization of cannabis in Spain, both in its recreational and therapeutic use, a measure that they believe would improve the fight against drug-related crime, the health of patients using it to alleviate their suffering and the safety of the consumers who use it.
Representatives of the University, letters, the associative movement and the law have already expressed their absolute rejection of the trial of Fernanda de la Figuera in public statements and asked for the classification of the case, which they consider as " barbarism "," shame "and" nonsense ".
Fernanda de la Figuera founded the Ramón Santos Association for the study of cannabis in Andalusia (ARSECA) in 1996, organized the Bella Flor in Cordoba in 1998, the first days in Spain for tasting, meeting and training in cannabis , and created MaríasxMaría in Malaga, an entity that itself provided the culture behind the essays to which it is currently subject. In 1995 and 2010, she had already been prosecuted in two other cases for the same reasons and she was acquitted in both cases.