9 Things You Need to Know about Cannabis Clubs in Madrid

If you’re considering joining a cannabis club in Madrid, Spain, the following is a list of the 9 most important things that you need to know about Madrid’s cannabis clubs and how they work. Cannabis social clubs in Madrid are not at all like the coffeeshops of Amsterdam or the dispensaries of Denver, so it’s important to understand the differences before you attempt to join a private cannabis club in Madrid.

Beautiful street in downtown Madrid Spain

1.) It’s Not Barcelona, but it’s Similar

The basic principles that allow cannabis clubs to exist in Barcelona are the same for cannabis clubs in Madrid because they are based on Spain’s Constitution. To learn more about the specifics of these constitutional protections, READ THIS.

Essentially, cannabis clubs in Spain are private associations of people who have grouped together for the purpose of managing their own cannabis supply. These associations are not open directly to the public and must exist as non-profit associations only.

In Barcelona, there are around 200 clubs, but in Madrid there are only about 40-60. This is because the Spanish cannabis club was born and matured in Barcelona, so Madrid is a little behind the times. Additionally, liberal regulations and lax enforcement in Barcelona, which is located in the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia, have allowed the clubs to grow rapidly in Barcelona, whereas cautious and sometimes overzealous city officials in Madrid have been much more cautious.

However, today attitudes about cannabis consumption are relaxing in Spain’s capital city, and the private cannabis clubs in Madrid are beginning to blossom.

Courtyard in Madrid

2. ) You must be Sponsored by an Existing Member

The primary requirement to become a member at a cannabis club in Madrid is that you must be sponsored by an existing member. This is an important consideration because the entire legal premise of the club system is that the supply and consumption of marijuana is controlled by a closed-circle consisting only of the members, who have personally invited or “sponsored” every other member into the association.

If you could just walk in off the street as a member of the public and join a Madrid cannabis club, then that would be considered public and not private, which is illegal because public provision of cannabis is trafficking under Spanish law.

Madrid - the palace

3.) There are No Residency Requirements

Despite popular misconception, there are no residency requirements under the law for people who want to join a cannabis club in Madrid. In general the primary requirement is that each new member must register using an address in Spain, and most clubs take that one step further and require the address to be residential and not that of a hotel or hostel. Only the strictest of clubs require proof of address; most do not.

Courtyard quarters in Madrid

4.) Madrid’s Cannabis Club Industry is small but growing

The private cannabis club industry in Madrid is small but growing. Assuming that legalization efforts continue to move forward and achieve success, it’s easy to predict that Madrid will one day far surpass Barcelona as the cannabis club capital of the country, considering that the population of Madrid is more than double that of Barcelona.

Under an arch in Madrid Spain

5.) There are more Membership and Payment Options

Cannabis clubs in Madrid offer a variety of membership options, which is not the case in Barcelona where nearly all clubs only offer a 1 year membership. In Madrid, you can choose anywhere from one month to three, six or 12 month membership options. This helps clubs to keep only an active membership base. This is a critical part of staying within the “closed-circle doctrine” that lawmakers and enforcers look at when examining if a cannabis association is operating within the law.

Skinny old streets in Madrid

6.) Proper Cannabis Transport Protocol

If you are a member of a cannabis club in Madrid, you should always transport the cannabis that you acquire from the club in your undergarments when you leave the club. Remember; it is legal to possess and consume small amounts of cannabis in Spain, but only in a private setting. When you step out onto the street, you are no longer in a private setting and you are subject to search and seizure like anyone else.

If you place the cannabis in your undergarments, you should be safe because under the law, Spanish police cannot search there without a warrant.

If you are searched by police and they find cannabis on you, it would not be wise to say that you acquired the marijuana at a cannabis club. It’s better not to identify the club if possible; you can merely tell the police that you got the weed the old fashioned way; on the street.

Downtown Madrid - 2 openings to the right of palace

7.) Police Only Mess with Rebel Clubs

In Madrid, police don’t really bother the cannabis clubs too much unless there are blatant violations of laws. The two biggest crimes that authorities now consider regarding private cannabis clubs are;

  1. Is the club engaged in illegal activity?
  2. Is the club a danger to public health?

Most clubs are very careful to remain within the laws, so it is only those clubs that are engaging in serious violations such as sales to minors, sales outside of the closed circle doctrine, and public recruiting that face police scrutiny and intervention. In most cases, this will never be a problem for you as a member of a private cannabis club in Madrid.

Street with Church tower sticking out in Madrid Spain

8.) A Medical Marijuana System Does Not Exist in Madrid

There is no medical marijuana system in Madrid. In fact, no doctor in Spain can recommend or prescribe cannabis, and there is no structure to fill a prescription even if they could. Fortunately, the private cannabis association system ensures there is no need for a separate medical system.

This means that it doesn’t matter why you use cannabis; whether you are a medical or recreational user, you can safely join a cannabis club in Madrid. So there isn’t a need to carry your certifications with you from other countries considering that there is no distinction between medical and recreational use in Spain. In fact, many who work in the industry here will argue that all cannabis use is therapeutic.

Intimidating facade in Madrid

9.) Don’t light up in Public

The key thing that you need to remember is that the Spanish Constitution only protects people regarding personal use of marijuana when they are in a private setting. This means that you can’t light up in public, as tempting as that may be. If you are caught smoking a joint in the street, you may get a fine, you may be searched and it might not be a pleasant experience.

Respect the laws of the city as much as possible, and don’t smoke when anyone else is around that might not want to be exposed to it. Smoking on your balcony is okay as long as no neighbors complain, and smoking in your apartment, home, or in a private club is constitutionally-protected.


Cannabis clubs in Madrid serve a need that has been a long time in the making. This system eliminates the need for people to rely on the black market and it ensures that consumers can acquire the cannabis – therapeutic or recreational – that they need without exposing themselves to potentially dangerous product and people. If you’re considering joining a cannabis club in Madrid and you need some guidance, please send me an email at russ@marijuanagames.org.


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50 Comments on "9 Things You Need to Know about Cannabis Clubs in Madrid"

  1. Curt March 5, 2017 at 15:43 - Reply

    Hi Russ. I just emailed you. Arrived in Madrid today, and lookong like I need a sponsor 🙂

  2. Nelson February 26, 2017 at 08:32 - Reply

    Hello Russ, new in Madrid will be here for 6 months can you help on how to join a club? Thanks

  3. Lee February 3, 2017 at 22:05 - Reply

    Hi have just got to madrid and i need some help joining a canabis club can any one help me how they work

  4. mauricio January 5, 2017 at 23:41 - Reply

    Is it possible to bring marijuana on trains and flights within Spain? Much thanks!

  5. Alex December 30, 2016 at 21:08 - Reply

    Hey Russ!
    I have just emailed you.
    Could you please help me join a weed club?

    Thank you.
    Best regards.


  6. Emad December 27, 2016 at 15:22 - Reply

    Dear Russ,

    I’ve sent you an email as a request for your guidance. Please check and let me know about the next steps.

  7. Raj November 24, 2016 at 00:22 - Reply

    I would like to know where in users I found the club mariana

  8. Fresh85 November 22, 2016 at 17:52 - Reply

    Im next Month for 2 days in madrid… wanna join a cannabis club.. i come from nederlands and love my weed.

  9. Tortuga November 14, 2016 at 21:10 - Reply

    Hey russ help me out im in madrid 4 days i write you an email my email is giovanny.rolon@gmail.com

  10. Justin November 5, 2016 at 12:44 - Reply

    Hello, we’re in Madrid, I am member in social club in Barcelona, could you help to access Madrid one?

  11. Ludivine November 5, 2016 at 00:09 - Reply

    I recently moved to Madrid and I was looking to joining a club but I don’t really know anyone that’s part of a club. Is there any other way to get in? Also this is probably a dumb question but do they sell hash?

  12. Ng kean Xi November 4, 2016 at 13:38 - Reply

    Ola Iam Malaysian Chinese Iam having my stay in 4th till 7th of nov 2016 will like to join a social club of cannabis any recommendation and step by step guild by the way I had email but still no respond please send me some guilds

  13. colin November 2, 2016 at 12:20 - Reply

    hi Russ , i am going to madrid on the 4th nov , i am staying at the florida norte hotel city centre , i would really appreciate the help me . many thanks . colin .

  14. Tara October 28, 2016 at 18:16 - Reply

    Hi Russ, I’m in Madrid as we speak and just walked by a cannabis shop. I was unaware of the regulations in Spain so read up on it a little…was wondering if I could just walk in to the shop and buy some. Got on your page and started reading, so do I need a sponsor? My Spanish is kind of basic so was a little nervous of just walking into the shop and asking, afraid of not quite understanding what the shop keeper would tell me. Can you guide me? Thanks.

    • Russ Hudson October 28, 2016 at 20:12 - Reply

      Hola Tara; yes, you need a sponsor in order to join a club in Spain. But it’s no problem; please email me with your above message and I will be happy to help there: russ@marijuanagames.org Peace -Russ

  15. Natasha October 24, 2016 at 20:53 - Reply

    Hi coming to Madrid on holiday for 4nights on 10th Nov – staying in the city, anyone can sponser me?

  16. Teemu October 12, 2016 at 00:24 - Reply


    Staying Madrid couple of months. Any help getting some weed or recommends to join some private club :)? Thank you

  17. David October 8, 2016 at 19:28 - Reply

    Hey there…

    I would like to join a club here in Madrid, but need someone to sponsor me… could you help me out?

  18. Koral October 7, 2016 at 01:23 - Reply

    Hello, how are you? I’m staying in Madrid for 4 days from today and wondered what club can I go to get membership.
    Thank you.

  19. Francesco October 4, 2016 at 13:21 - Reply

    I was wondering if there was an age restriction for joining the club in Madrid

    • Russ Hudson October 4, 2016 at 14:21 - Reply

      Different clubs have different requirements; some are 18+, some are 21+

  20. Luca October 3, 2016 at 11:23 - Reply

    Hello I will be in Madrid 13.10 – 20.10, will be wonder If somebody can help me to find some weed, or join a social club, for the same reason.
    Thank you in advance

  21. Tobias September 22, 2016 at 13:12 - Reply

    Hello I’m 18 and a tourist von Germany I wanna join a social club bitte I need a member who sponsors me.

  22. Rohin Patel September 17, 2016 at 11:06 - Reply

    Hi, I wanna join a cannabis club but need an existing member to sponsor me- could someone help me out ??

  23. Rod walker September 13, 2016 at 02:57 - Reply

    Hello. I’m going to be in spain this week starting on the 16th. I was hoping I could et some help joining a club for the duration of my stay.

  24. Omid September 11, 2016 at 17:23 - Reply

    I am in madrid and need some veed can you help me

  25. Clint September 9, 2016 at 10:48 - Reply

    Hi Russ,
    I’m living in madrid for one year, (centro). Could you please help me. Thank you!

  26. Manon August 17, 2016 at 07:51 - Reply

    Hey Russ ! i sent you an email for more informations, just letting you know 🙂 have a good day!

    • Russ Hudson September 7, 2016 at 15:56 - Reply

      Hola Manon; did we connect via email?

  27. Aviv August 13, 2016 at 12:26 - Reply

    Hi i am in madrid for 2 weeks and i whant to join to the club??

  28. Beka July 30, 2016 at 09:51 - Reply

    Flying to Madrid in one hour,where I can go for membership?

  29. Dean morales July 18, 2016 at 08:46 - Reply

    Hey just got madrid was wondering what club to visit for membership I’ll be staying by chuelpa station

  30. Jassim zayed May 25, 2016 at 15:55 - Reply

    Hi how are you? I am in Madrid for few days and staying near plaza mayor. Was wondering where is the nearest cannabis club is .
    Thank you