Casablanca- The issue of cannabis cultivation in Morocco has finally made it to the legislative sphere.
According to La Vie Eco, the Istiqlal Party has recently proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical ends.
The Istiqlal Party thus becomes the first party to take this issue to the parliament. The objective is to delimit the cultivation of cannabis to certain regions, namely Al Hoceima, Chaouen, Tétouan, Ouezzane and Taounate.
Beyond these regions, the cultivation of this plant will be prohibited, according to the draft law. The proposed text provides the terms for the cultivation, commercialization, transformation and consumption of cannabis.
This is not the first time that a member of the Istiqlal party called for the legalization of cannabis. Last year, Nouredine Mediane, a member of the Istiqlal Party from El Hoceima, fiercely defended the legalization of cannabis cultivation in Morocco, in the presence of former Interior Minister Mohand Laenser.
Istiqlal is not the only party interested in tackling this issue. The Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) called for the legalization of cannabis cultivation. Earlier this month, PAM, as an opposition party, launched a parliamentary debate on the legalization of the cultivation of cannabis and called for excluding this plant from the list of illegal drugs.
“If we legalize the cultivation of cannabis, trade will become more transparent and organized,” said Khadija Rouissi,” a member of the parliament from the PAM.
The latest report of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed that Morocco and Afghanistan are the world’s largest producers of hashish.
Edited by Anna Jacobs
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