By Youssef El Kaidi
By Youssef El Kaidi
Morocco World News
Fez, July 16, 2013
The controversy over the legalization of the cultivation of cannabis (marijuana) in Morocco may be on its way to reach the parliament after a law proposal was presented to a number of parliamentarian for the first time by the Rifian activist Chakib El Khayari, president of the Rif Association for Human Rights. The Moroccan Coalition for Medical and Industrial Use of Cannabis and the parliamentary group of PAM met Monday, July 14, in the parliament to discuss the proposed law.
Cannabis legalization bill presented by Al-Khayari focuses on therapeutic and industrial use of cannabis plants. In a statement issued by the Moroccan Coalition for Medical and Industrial Use of Cannabis Mr. Chakib Al-Khayari, the coordinator of the coalition, says that the coalition “believes in the role of the parliament, as a representative and legislative institution, in defending the interest of cannabis farmers and their families and in enacting a law that would legitimize the cultivation and exploitation of cannabis.”
In a video posted on YouTube in 2011, Mehdi Ben Said, parliamentary member of PAM and proponent of the legalization of cannabis, said “we have to open a debate over cannabis to reach a consensus and a legal and realistic situation for cannabis farmers.”
“Morocco produces cannabis in its northern provinces and most of the hashish is consumed in Europe. So, Morocco is the only country which pays the price; Morocco makes campaigns (against the trafficking of hashish), funds the alternative crops projects, etc. There is a European aid but it is very little and it does not live up to the size of requirements.,” he noted.
The Moroccan Coalition for Medical and Industrial Use of Cannabis in its statement said that the coalition received a call from a representative of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) in which he stressed his party’s involvement in the dynamic efforts to find a legal and realistic solution to the situation of cannabis farmers and their families, noting that the PJD representatives would effectively support an open discussion on the use of cannabis for medical and industrial uses.