is Catalan, is from Barcelona I have read the new you have posted, SJ, & I find it quite interesting. In Madrid, there's a scholarship holder that is investing in the use of Marihuana to treat mental diseases like brain tumours & others. This guy has proved the benefit of cannabiacians, & the government hasn't renewed him the scholarship... yet.. & still has to give him what they owe him. (PP -partido popular- is the party in power -right handed-, with absolute majority..). The government finds it's better investing in Military than this kind of researches... On other hand, CiU (ConvergÃ¨ncia i UniÃ³) is the party in Catalonia government (also right hand) & have a coalition with PP that helps them governing Catalonia. Because of other parties pressure (left Catalan parties), I guess CiU (ConvergÃ¨ncia i UniÃ³) represented this time by el Sr. Rius is saying they would support Cannabis consumption by pills in determinated uses for medical purposals. I really think it will be a hard task to legalize cannabis even for medical purposes. CiU is very conservative & is acting because of others pressures. & in Madrid, PP will be the one who really decides, thinking that CiU has nothing else to do than obbey, right now, & is not very interested in any change. I will just point another subject happened in the last elections that took place in Catalonia (sometime march 2000). ERC (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, left republican party) or Iniciativa per Catalunya els Verds (the Green party) wanted to take a politician to the Catalan Parliament: a woman called Maria (sorry I forgot the surname) since they agree on legalizing Marihuana, to reform Maria (that's the way we call MJ) laws in here. Besides some young smokers, the participation wasn't the highest.. I think we will still need some years in here to advance in these subjects... But I have to add that Catalonia (except Girona) is the most lefty handed place in Spain. & we can make ourselves be heard without the need of any terrorist bands.