Morocco backs legalising cannabis for healthcare use

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But the government on Thursday upheld a ban on its recreational use and the draft law for healthcare use nevertheless requirements parliament approval.

The move would “reconvert illicit” cannabis plantations into “legal and sturdy activities that create jobs”, according to the text of the draft legislation.

According to a report by the United Nations Workplace on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) final year, the North African nation is the world’s largest producer of cannabis resin or hashish.

Morocco’s production of cannabis was estimated at extra than 700 tonnes in a 2020 study by the Worldwide Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

Figures released by Moroccan authorities this week showed that 55,000 hectares (about 136,000 acres) of land in the northern mountainous Rif area had been becoming utilized to illicitly develop hashish in 2019.

Authorities did not give extra current estimates but in 2018 production was estimated at 45,000 hectares.

Legalising cannabis for healthcare use will position Morocco in a worldwide industry that is expanding at an annual price of 30 %, and by 60 % a year in Europe, according to Morocco’s interior ministry.

State regulation will enhance farmers’ living situations and safeguard them from illegal drug trafficking networks, the ministry had mentioned.

Supply: Africanews

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Marijuana plants develop at MedReleaf in Markham, Canada, 21 June 2018. MedReleaf is a licensed Canadian producer of cannabis for medicinal use. EPA-EFE/WARREN These days

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