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10 Things You Need to Know about Barcelona Cannabis Clubs

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Each month I receive hundreds of questions from readers about Barcelona’s cannabis clubs. Questions range from “How Can I get Membership at a Cannabis Club in Barcelona?” to Is Weed Legal in Barcelona?” to questions about the club’s use of personal information and many others. Of course, there’s also no shortage of questions about the actual marijuana in Barcelona, such as “What’s the price of weed in Barcelona?” and, “Can tourists join a Barcelona cannabis club?” Because many of these questions follow a common theme, I thought this short but direct list of the 10 most important things you need to know about Barcelona’s cannabis clubs might help shed some light on what is – by necessity – a private industry.


(This is a preliminary application process valid as of 2018; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. This process is not meant to be promotional in any way; application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

The Zanzi Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Zanzi is one of the newest Barcelona cannabis clubs, it opened in early 2018. Zanzi is a private, members-only Barcelona cannabis social club. To see a full feature review of Zanzi, go here:

Here are the 10 most important things you need to know about cannabis clubs in Barcelona:

1.) Cannabis Clubs in Barcelona are Private, not Public

Don’t confuse a cannabis club in Barcelona for a coffeeshop in Amsterdam; they’re not at all the same thing. Amsterdam’s coffeeshops are public and are open to anyone at any time. Barcelona’s cannabis clubs, on the other hand, are only open to new members via referrals through existing members. These policies result in striking differences between the two:

  • Amsterdam’s best coffeeshops feel like you’re hanging out at a pub or bar
  • Barcelona’s best cannabis clubs feel like you’re hanging out in your own living room

If you join a cannabis social club in Barcelona, you can trust that your personal information will remain private. You won’t receive marked mail from the club, the club won’t sell, give away, or provide your information to anyone else, the club will not leak or otherwise make your information available to government or other authorities, and the club won’t spam you with advertisements or offers. Why? Because it’s all private, not public.

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Green Age Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Green Age Cannabis Club in Barcelona is one of the few smoker’s clubs in the city that has an in-house restaurant.  To see a full feature review of Green Age, go here:

2.) You Don’t “Buy” Weed from Barcelona’s Cannabis Clubs

When you become a member of a cannabis club in Barcelona, you are essentially part of a coalition that grows and distributes marijuana among its members. Therefore, the marijuana that’s grown belongs to all members, including you. You are required to pay for your share of what it costs to grow the marijuana and for the building space and other facilities, utilities, etc. These costs are recouped in a number of ways, and members generally share the cost.

Dr Dou Cannabis Club in Barcelona
One of the more established cannabis clubs in Barcelona, Dr. Dou is located fittingly on Carrer del Doctor Dou in the Raval district of the city. This is one of the swankiest cannabis clubs in Barcelona.  To see a full feature review of Dr. Dou, go here:

This means that you’re not buying marijuana when you go to a Barcelona smoking club. You’re simply acquiring your share of what you and other members have collectively grown. Therefore, it is considered rude to talk about “buying weed,” and if you do so while at a club you might be corrected.  Instead, ask how much the member share is, or how much contribution is required for X number of grams of cannabis.

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La Mente cannabis club for 10 Things Article
La Mente cannabis club in Barcelona is Dutch-influenced, but run like a Spanish business. This Barcelona cannabis social club is small but clean and friendly. LaMente’s location in the upper part of the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona is perfect for people who want to join a Barcelona cannabis club directly in the center of the city. To see a full-feature review of LaMente, go here:

3.) You Need a Photo ID and Address in Spain to Get Membership at a Barcelona Cannabis Club

In order to get a membership at a Barcelona cannabis club, you must present a valid government-issued passport, driver’s license, state or regional ID, NIE/DNI card, or other photo-visa.  You must also register using a regular residential address in Spain; in most cases a hotel or hostel address won’t work, so you will need to provide a residential address. No mail will ever be sent to the address you provide, the information will be kept strictly confidential and in most cases you are not required to “prove” your address.  Spanish residency is NOT required to join a cannabis club in Barcelona or any other city; you must merely supply a residential address at the time of your inscription.  AirBnB and similar addresses are perfectly acceptable to use at registration.

Choko Cannabis Club on Jonqueres in Barcelona Spain
Choko is an art club, but it’s also one of Barcelona’s best cannabis clubs. You can see a full-feature review of Choko here:

NOTE: In addition to the above, some clubs may require you to allow them to photograph you for their records. If you’re comfortable with this, then go for it.

Additionally, some clubs require members to be 21 years old or older, while others accept new members as young as age 18.  If you’re trying to pull a fast one because you are under age, don’t bother; your identification will be rigorously checked by club staff before you are allowed to enter.

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Abcda Cannabis Club in Barcelona
The grow room of the ABCDA cannabis club in Barcelona. This was one of the oldest and most well-established clubs in the city, but police shut it down permanently a couple of years ago after numerous raids on the club’s grow centers.

4.) You can Still Get in Trouble for Smoking Marijuana in Barcelona

Just because you can get weed legally in Barcelona doesn’t mean you can be flippant about it. Spanish law is very liberal in private spaces. Therefore, it’s okay to have some marijuana in your own home, or in a private Barcelona cannabis club. But if you display or use marijuana in a public place and are caught, you’ll almost certainly be fined, the marijuana will be confiscated, and depending on the circumstances, you could be arrested and jailed.

Be smart. Just because you see people smoking joints on Las Ramblas doesn’t mean you should too.  In fact, the truth of the matter is that outside of a private residence or a legitimate cannabis club, you could be harassed and ticketed by police.  If you take cannabis out of a club (most people do) then please remember to transport it in your under garments.  Spanish authorities cannot search there without a warrant.  If you do get caught with weed in public, you will be ticketed and pay a fine, but there is no criminality involved unless you are over a threshold that most cannabis club members never exceed.

The best policy if you are stopped by police and found with cannabis is to say as little as possible, and do not tell the police where you acquired the cannabis.

Sweet Dreams Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Sweet Dreams Cannabis Club in Barcelona has several fascinating and well-done murals painted on its walls by local artists and members. This is one of the most discreet cannabis clubs in Barcelona.

5.) Not All Marijuana at Cannabis Clubs in Barcelona is grown by the Club

Some Barcelona smoking clubs can’t afford the space, equipment, risk, or services required to grow fine quality marijuana. Instead, they resort to acquiring it via other means. In some cases this may involve getting weed from other cannabis clubs in Barcelona, or it may require cooperation with large growers out in the Spanish countryside. There are also some clubs that get their marijuana from the guys that sell it down on the beach.

Where the club acquires its cannabis may not matter to you, but it definitely does to me. After all, if I wanted street marijuana, I’d just go get it from the street guys directly, and at a much better price.  The problem is that, because growing cannabis at scale is not legal in Spain, many clubs have been raided repeatedly, and at great expense.  Therefore, many clubs opt to procure cannabis via local supplier networks, which often service a large number of clubs.  Often, the cannabis acquired from these networks is excellent, but in some cases, it’s sub-standard, so make sure you only join a Barcelona cannabis club with a superior reputation for the quality of its marijuana.

The Alhambra Cannabis Club in Barcelona
The Alhambra Cannabis Club in Barcelona was an Arabic-themed association that offered members free dinners, movie nights, breakfast buffets, and a gorgeous environment in which to smoke some of Barcelona’s best hashish. Sadly, Alhambra closed down a few years ago, and a similarly-themed club hasn’t opened in the city…yet. 😉


6.) Not All of Barcelona’s Smoking Clubs are Created Equal

The differences from one Barcelona cannabis club to the next are astounding. There are huge clubs that span three floors of a major building, and there’s clubs that are nothing more than one small room with a couple of cheap chairs. There are clubs that are located in dark basements, and clubs that are in bright new spaces. Some are themed, some are not. Some are fancy, some are dingy.

Whatever type of environment you’re looking for, chances are that you can find it at a cannabis club in Barcelona. In fact, there’s even a gay cannabis club in the city called Berry Boi, but I’ve never been able to get much information on it.  If you know of this club or you’re a member there, please get in touch with me:

What I’ve found is that most people who are regulars at Barcelona’s cannabis clubs have memberships to multiple clubs – usually at least 5 or 6 – and frequent them all for different reasons; different strains of cannabis, different people, different environments, different locations in the city, etc.

Smoke Green Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Smoke Green Cannabis Club in Barcelona is one of the city’s more “Bohemian” style clubs, but it’s well-known for hosting great events like cannabis tastings and pairings, as well as ping-pong competitions.

7.) Most Cannabis Clubs Charge a Yearly Membership Fee

You’ll pay your fair share for the effort required to grow your marijuana and house you in a number of ways. First, nearly every club requires the payment of a yearly membership fee. This is generally 25-50 Euro, but can be as low as 20 Euro and as high as 100 Euro. Some clubs give membership away for free, but this is rare and often comes at a price – poor service, cruddy environment, terrible weed, etc.

It is not appropriate to negotiate or attempt to have the membership fee waived.  We are all members; we all need to support each other, and these small fees are how we pull together to do this. You’ll also contribute a set amount per gram for different marijuana strains and hash, and for any other products or services offered by the club.

Circulo Cannabis Club in Barcelona
This is the inscription area at Circulo cannabis club in Barcelona. This is where new members sign up via an existing sponsor. Circulo is located in the Born district of Barcelona, in the building formerly occupied by the infamous La Mesa; one of Barcelona’s best cannabis clubs, now closed. To see a full feature review of Circulo, go here:

Additionally, you may want to bring a friend or family member with you to the club who doesn’t smoke, but still wants to see what it’s like.  This is completely acceptable, but this person must still register for membership to be able to enter the club, in keeping with the private nature of the clubs which is necessary for their existence.  Remember; if a person could just walk into a club off the street, without becoming a member, then the club cannot be considered “private,” and thus will have no protections under the law.  The best thing to do is to bring your friend with you even if they don’t use cannabis; most clubs have beer and wine, snacks and sweets, movies, games, videos, live music, special events, and more to keep everyone happy; even non-smokers.

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Kush Cannabis Club in Barcelona
The Kush Cannabis Club in Barcelona used to recruit new members on the streets of Las Ramblas and Via Laietana. This practice is frowned upon and is a good way for a club to get shut down, but Kush operated for years even after being closed by police on several occasions. While many people were able to acquire acceptable product at Kush, the environment was a little sketchy because there was no control over who the club accepted for membership. Membership via a sponsor from an existing member is the best way to stay within the laws in Spain, but it’s also the best way to ensure that the fellow members at your club are people that you actually want to be around.

8.) There are Legal Limits to How Much Marijuana you Can Acquire

This is important; there are limits to how much weed you can procure per month at a cannabis club in Barcelona. I believe the limits are something like 98 grams, depending on the club, which means that if you’re getting lots of weed at multiple clubs, you could be subject to investigation. Probably not, but you should know this. When you register at a Barcelona cannabis club, you will be provided with information about what the limits are, and you’ll sign a form stating you’ve read this information.

You’ll be asked on the forms how many grams per week you will acquire from the club. This is not a commitment; it is merely an estimate, so you are not required to collect this amount each week.  Clubs will only allow you to acquire 5 grams per day maximum, although some clubs allow more or less, depending on the club and the member in question.  I usually write that I’ll acquire around 8-10 grams per week or up to 40 per month, and for me that’s probably pretty accurate unless I’m doing a lot of entertaining that month.

By filling out this form, you are authorizing the club to grow X grams of cannabis on your behalf.  This protects the club in the event that its cultivation operations are investigated.

Betty Boop Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Betty Boop Cannabis Club in Barcelona, not recommended by this author. This was my first review of a Barcelona cannabis club, and sadly it was one of my only negative reviews in the city. But to each his own; you might like the club, and it has certainly changed in the 5 years since I became a member, although I never went back to the club after 2013, you can read about my experience here:

9.) Cannabis Clubs in Spain Cannot Advertise Publicly

Because Spain’s cannabis clubs are private, members-only organizations, they cannot publicly advertise. This may be why so few people are aware of what’s really going on in Barcelona, how prevalent the cannabis clubs are, and that membership is available even to foreigners.

If you see that a Barcelona cannabis club is advertising publicly, such as someone handing out fliers or other literature or advertisements on the street, then you probably should not go to that particular club. After all, doing business with a cannabis club that’s breaking the rules is self-defeating when lawmakers in Barcelona and Spain overall still haven’t really made their minds up about cannabis clubs just yet.

If you are approached by someone on the street who wants you to join a cannabis club, you should take extreme caution as this is probably not legitimate.  Professional clubs do not send promoters out into the streets to recruit new members – they don’t need to and it’s against the law anyway.  I know some shady characters who promote clubs on Las Ramblas and the popular plazas nearby, and they’re not exactly people you want to get involved with.


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Jammin Cannabis Club in Barcelona
Jammin’ Cannabis Club in Barcelona, circa 2013. The club is still open as of 2018 and has undergone a lot of changes. This author had a bicycle stolen from outside of the club, so keep your wits about you when in this area of Barna.

10.) Regulations for Cannabis Clubs in Barcelona are on the Way

There are close to 200 cannabis clubs in Barcelona, and they’ve all been operating under what are often confusing statutes and grey areas that make it difficult to be certain that they’re doing the right thing. Thankfully, legislators have been hard at work developing a set of standards that Barcelona’s cannabis clubs can be held to. Some of these standards are being put into effect now, while others have been reserved for systematic implementation.

This means that we can expect at least some changes to the way cannabis clubs operate in the coming months, so it’s important to stay abreast of these changes in case any of them present risk or potential problems for you, whether you’re a Spaniard or not.

Club Fum Cannabis Social Club in Barcelona Spain
Club Fum is a hip new cannabis club in Barcelona, with lots of activities for members, and high-quality marijuana products. To see a full feature review of Club Fum, go here:

UPDATE: A lot has happened in the last few years.  Catalonia passed a referendum to regulate the cannabis clubs, thanks to the La Rosa Verde petition, but then in 2017 the region lost its autonomy after a failed bid for independence.  Now, the federal government of Spain has stepped in, applying Constitutional law, which protects and allows cannabis clubs to exist without the need for specific regulation…at least for now [2018 and beyond].  For more information about this, please review the materials at the following link:

Reading Materials – Cannabis Club Resources

Acquiring Membership at a Cannabis Club in Barcelona is Relatively Simple

There seems to be a lot of mystery about Barcelona’s cannabis clubs, but the reality is that in most cases, membership opportunities are abundant. So how exactly does one go about getting membership at a Barcelona cannabis club? If you know someone who is already a member of a club, you can simply ask them to sponsor you. If you don’t know anyone, then you’re more than welcome to strike up a dialogue with me in the comments below, in the comments on this post about my first experience at a club in BCN, or by using the site’s contact form. You can also email me directly at I’ve helped many people acquire membership at a Barcelona cannabis club, and I may be able to do the same for you.


(This is a preliminary application process valid as of 2018; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. Application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

EDITOR DISCLAIMER: This post was originally written in 2013, but received substantial edits and additions in September 2018 and was republished accordingly.  Hence, you may see dates on comments from several years ago, though the publishing date of the newly revised and expanded post is 18 September 2018.


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502 thoughts on “10 Things You Need to Know about Barcelona Cannabis Clubs

  1. I plan to travel to Barcelona in nesr time, and i would like to know how to join(t) a club. How is it possible for me to join it and be a member for the week i will be staying there. And can soneone help me with a good and nice club, thank you people!

    1. Hola;

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to leave a comment in this post, it means a lot to us. In this specific article, you’ll be able to find in detail all you need to know about Barcelona cannabis scene. After this COVID-19, it’s going to be very important to be educated before planning your trip to Spain.

      All the best!

  2. Hey, it’s so great to have people like you provide all this information in an article – extremely helpful! I know it’s short notice but I’m planning to do a spontaneous Day trip to Barcelona tomorrow and was wondering if you could provide me with some recommendations on the clubs that are available. I have applied to visit dragon weed but having read different articles there are so many to choose from and I wanted a club with the right atmosphere/vibe. Many thanks in advance!

  3. Hola Russ,
    Thanks for the great article! My wife and I will be visiting Barcelona and staying in Sitges in a couple weeks. I’d really appreciate an introduction to an international friendly club in Surges or Barcelona. Moltes gràcies!

  4. Hello Russ,
    Thank you for this great info.
    Heading to Barcelona next week and wondered if you could help me to find some good places and possibly help me with a membership? I really appreciate this efforts. Thank you, Nick!

  5. Great info Russ , thanks. My wife and I will be traveling to Spain in late Aug. early Sept. Any help that would enable us entry into the cannabis clubs would be greatly appreciated. Are the laws similar in Malaga and Granada ?

    1. im visiting Barcelona for the next 4 days and was wondering the specifics of this membership and if there would be a fee attached if i only would be able to visit the club one time? i really wanted to go in and experience some of the marijuana Barcelona has to offer! thank you

  6. Hola Russ, que tal?
    I’m Ben, from Asia, I’m married to Spanish wife from Navarra, I didnt get my resident card yet and didnt get my marriage certificate establish from Spain Government yet, because we were married in Ireland and all the residence things is still in progress. So I’m still here using my tourist visa.
    Can I still apply to be part of the club? and I still have a lots of question regarding marijuana law in Spain.

  7. Hey Russ,

    Here in Barcelona for the weekend, so probably a little late for this – however this was very informative and would like to consider this for future trips (may come here more regularly) at the very least and if possible even for this trip! How can I get in touch with you?


  8. Hi Russ,
    Loved the article, really informative.
    I’m in Barcelona this week and would love to visit one of the clubs, you could help hook me up with a referral , so I could get some weed for my stay?

  9. Hi Russ, thanks so much for the information. I am currently in Barcelona and would like to become a member of a club. Can I just fill out the form, walk in, pay the fee, and become a member? Or do I HAVE to be referred?


    1. Hola Katie; cannabis clubs in Spain are private under the law; if you could just walk in and register, then that would be public, and therefore illegal. Every person who joins any private cannabis club in Barcelona or anywhere else MUST come via the referral or sponsorship of an existing member.

  10. hi russ i am from Scotland on witch cannabis is ille gal i have a 10 acrea farm here and my passion is cannibis on witch am not allowed to grow i wonder if it would be possable for me to sell my farm and move to there retire type thing can i do this legally thanks
    keep up the good work

  11. Hi Russ, im about to go to Barcelona for a few days and i´m very interested in joining one of this clubs because I smoke to get relaxed. Im living in Madrid currently and filled an application for some clubs in but i don´t know if it is legit.

    Love to know what i should do if i wanna visit one of these clubs, do i need to register online or something?
    I care about weed quality but not necesarily strands


  12. Hello Russ,
    i do live in Barcelona and I am looking for something to help me deal with anxiety, insomnia and hyperfocus. After reading some research papers, I want to try high CBD strains of cannabis, to smoke, such as Harlequin/ACDC/Cannatonic or other in the 1:1 or higher CBD/THC range.

    I already went to a few clubs, but unfortunately I havent been able to find those strains… I assume that they might not be too popular among other users.

    Do you have any suggestion of place I could go to ? The quality/availability of those products is my priority, but I would like to stay away from anything dodgy…

    Thanks in advance.

      1. Hello Russ,
        no I havent checked Greenardo, I will give it a try, thank you for your suggestion !

        I am on their website, but the way to join the club is not clear. Could you enlighten me ? I assume that I can’t just pop up there…

        By the way, thank your for all the informations you are providing on your website, it’s really helping me.


  13. Hi Russ, good day to you!
    I read your article and I’m thinking of becoming a member starting in September 2017. I will be living in Barcelona for my internship until December 2017.
    Can you recommend a good social club for a (Belgian) student who does not speak Catalonian yet?
    Keep up the good work!!
    – Karl, 21

  14. Hi Russ how are you?
    First of all thank you for having such a generous nature in helping other people I just read your article and saw the amount of people you helped that’s really cool.
    I’m here in Barcelona just arrived today with my family.
    I was hoping if you could help me get a referral from you in one of the clubs to get weed as soon as I can I’m leaving next week and I need to save this trip.
    Please let me know what to do next.

  15. Hi Russ and thank you for this great info.
    I will be in Barcelona for 2 days and then in Madrid for another two days. Im very much into edibles though i smoke if i cant find the edibles. at home, i make my own edibles (as you know, its relatively easy). would you be able to introduce me to a club preferably with edibles? i appreciate that mate. peace… happy smoking..

  16. Hey Russ! Love what you are doing here. I am going to travel to Barcelona for the first time and this is actually my first real trip to anywhere so i am actually pretty nervous too with all this excitment. It is about the practical side of joining these clubs because i dont want come of as stupid tourist. So to the question, how do i actually do it? I readed articles but still want to ask so i do it correctly. Can i do it online? and the adress thing makes me quite nervous propably for no reason. Confused and happy at the same time so i jope you actually understand my question and could help me. Thank you anyways

  17. Hi Russ,
    first of all thank you for your way how you present cannabis consume, yours video on Vice is very profesional. I with my crew, wheres almost everyone is grower, consume cannabis with same passion. Pure, clean bongs, joints just without tabacco, vaporizers .. we always talk about differences of strains and love that share spirit around weed. The question is: WHICH CSC OFFER THEIR MEMBERS OUTDOOR GROWN, SPAIN CANNABIS ?
    You know, in some way are indoors quite same everywhere, I can buy indoor weed for better price here in Czech republic, but I want to see how CSC works practically, I visit some workshops about it on Cannafest in Prague, but …. its just theory. I want with my girl try it personally 🙂

    The best situation is some local small club, with not so big fee (we are poor students), with few outdoor strains for some responsible price. Maybee some hashes would be sweet.
    And for last we are both bongs enthusiasm (like you, I guess), so if there are few glass pieces, its right place for us
    Thx for answer and your work for worldwide legalization

    1. Hola Ondrej; unfortunately, it’s very risky to grow outdoors in Spain. I don’t know of any clubs that have outdoor weed right now, but the best bet to find exterior greens is probably LaKalada, or Gourmet Ganja. You can also try some clubs outside of Barcelona, where it’s easier to grow in the Spanish sun. Good luck and let me know if you find anything, I LOVE OUTDOOR CANNABIS! Best wishes Peace -Russ

  18. Hello all, yesterday my wife and I applied for a membership at a club called Sticky Born, the reviews online are great. The problem was that getting there, we were getting hounded and followed by multiple shady looking folks trying to get us to go to their “private club” telling us the others weren’t good and theirs were only $10 and open until 03:00 etc. The irony is that we told them we didn’t even smoke weed because of how wierd it was from the time they approached us! Long story short it got so uncomfortable we left the area. This happened two times in the same day by two separate men. Both insisted we go with them down a small street (maybe not so strange in the gothic quarter because all the streets are small) but it 100% did NOT feel safe and we left. Better safe than sorry, we can smoke anytime we want back home! It definitely felt like a scam or at least we were going to be lured somewhere to be shook down. Maybe I’m overthinking the situation but that’s my story if it helps anybody!

    1. Hola Mike; you were smart to avoid those guys. Best case scenario is they take you to a seedy, shady club; worst case scenario is you get robbed. And Sticky Born is one of the worst clubs in the city; if you’d like to see a professional club, please send me an email: Best wishes Peace -Russ

  19. Hi Russ, I just emailed you a few questions but I wasn’t sure if email was still the best way to contact you? I’m in Barcelona with my wife until July fourth and would love it if you could help me out! The whole process sounds facinating and it seems like I qualify for the membership process so any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks dude

  20. Hello Russ. Heading to Barcelona this weekend and wondered if you could help me to find some nice places and possibly help me with membership? Cheers,mo

  21. Hi Russ, great article. Im flying to Salou in a few days for a fortnight and wondered if you had any good info on any clubs there please and how I best go about joining. Thanks.

  22. Hi Russ,
    My wife and I will be flying to Barcelona, Spain then driving to Roses, Spain the following day. We would love to get some smoke to take to the home we are staying at in Rosas but do not know how to go about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated! God bless you, Charles

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