Morocco set to legalise cannabis cultivation for medical use


Earlier this month, the Moroccan government approved bill 13-21 to legalise the cultivation of marijuana for therapeutic and industrial purposes. Through this law, the Moroccan government is pursuing three objectives: to increase farmers’ incomes, to protect them from international drug trafficking networks and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by a growing global cannabis market. A new approach to cannabis in Morocco Since Morocco’s independence, the cultivation of cannabis has been totally prohibited throughout the country. But in fact, the state has never managed to stop the illegal production of this plant, especially in the north of the kingdom, in the Rif mountains where the proximity of the Strait of Gibraltar makes it easy for smugglers to supply Europe. Today, Morocco is one of the world’s largest producers of cannabis. The Moroccan government has therefore recently adopted another approach, a more pragmatic one based on more flexible legislation. It has been announcing this approach for several months now. Last December, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs recognised the medicinal properties of cannabis and removed the plant from the Annex IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This reclassification was made possible by the favourable vote of 27 out of 53 countries, including Morocco. Two months later, on 11 February, in line with WHO recommendations, Morocco’s National Narcotics Commission removed cannabis from the list of substances that constitute a serious threat. The country thus established a legal framework that made it possible for the government to approve Bill 13-21 to legalise cannabis cultivation for medical use on 11 March. This bill still has to be voted on in the House of Representatives, which will discuss its practical application. Then it will be up to the Senate to decide on the issue. These steps should not be long…

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