Investors rocked world markets this week by selling Spanish bonds because of doubts about the country’s ability to put in place an austerity program. As prices plummeted, one small Catalonian village tried to think global and act local. It voted for a novel agricultural measure to work its way out of a €1.3 million debt hole and provide a few jobs.
A referendum that endorsed the growing of cannabis as a means to bolster finances of Rasquera, a municipality of about 900 less than 100 miles from Barcelona, received a solid majority. The final tally: 308 yays in counterpoint to 239 against.
At nearly the same time, the President of the United States remains firm on legalizing drugs or engaging with Cuba.