Morocco, one of the world’s top 2 cannabis producers along with Afghanistan, will consider two cannabis law proposals on 8 January.

The first is for a general amnesty for cannabis farmers. While the second aims at the legalization of cannabis cultivation. Both proposals are put forward by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).

The meeting will put around the table the Minister of Justice, Mohamed Ben Abdelkader, as well as senior officials of the PAM, as announced by parliamentary adviser Larbi El Mharchi.

A position also defended by the Istiqlal

The Istiqlal Party, the first Moroccan party and opponent of the WFP, has also been defending the legalization of cannabis cultivation in Morocco in five regions since the end of 2013: Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Ouezzane, Tetouan and Taounate.

The Istiklal has tabled a bill to this effect, still blocked by the government.

Cannabis would support nearly 100,000 households in Morocco, and despite an “official” decline in cultivation areas, it would now also affect all the northern prefectures, according to Noureddine Modiane, president of the Istiqlalian group in the House of Representatives and elected representative of the northern region.

The council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma, the northern region of Morocco, approved in early July a study on the opportunities to grow cannabis in the region, including industrial use. The study does not yet appear to be finalized.

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