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article imageSpanish town suffering from crisis 'goes to pot'

By Anne Sewell     Mar 12, 2012 in World
Rasquera - A Spanish town suffering from massive unemployment is taking extreme measures to keep the town going. They are farming marijuana.
The town of Rasquera nestles in the foothills of the Serra de Cardo in Catalunya, Spain. A beautiful place with wonderful scenery surrounding it, the town looks like the ideal place to live.
However, in Europe's current economic crisis, the town is dying. Massive unemployment affects the inhabitants, and they have now taken measures to stem this by farming marijuana.
According to RT Rasquera is crippled by the unemployment crisis, with jobless rates currently standing at over 20 per cent. Their young people are leaving the town as they have no way to make a living.
To deal with this and to stop the exodus of young people, Rasquera’s town council voted on Wednesday to rent out land to a cannabis association in Barcelona to grow marijuana.
Views of Rasquera
Views of Rasquera
Jordi Bladé
Maijuana is decriminalized in Spain.
Spain currently tops the list of eurozone unemployment blackspots at 23.3 percent, with over 45 per cent of young people without jobs.
The Spanish are asking is it better to inflict deeper social cuts, or to let weed farmers cut stems for cash.
As the specter of collapse looms large in Europe, more and more people will find ways to make ends meet.
On another note, the municipality of Villamayor de Santiago in the centre of Spain saw a resurgence of the old Spanish currency, the peseta as an alternative to the troubled euro, reports RT’s Sara Firth in the video below. The video also covers recent demonstrations against the labour laws in Spain and also a business that does not use cash.
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