Rabat - Ilyas El Omari, President of the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan and Al Hoceima, revealed that a group of researchers are working on a study about cannabis (marijuana) cultivation to highlight more data on the profitability of the plant.
Rabat – Ilyas El Omari, President of the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan and Al Hoceima, revealed that a group of researchers are working on a study about cannabis (marijuana) cultivation to highlight more data on the profitability of the plant.
At a meeting held in Al Hoceima on December 26, joined by presidents of the province’s municipalities and members of the regional council, El Omari said “this study will show pragmatically, with scientific facts and figures, the profits we can gain if we regulate the cultivation of cannabis.”
The study “will highlight the positive effects of the cannabis plant for pharmaceutical, medical and industrial purposes,” he added.
“The possibility of proceeding with the preparation of this study was discussed in the context of the regional development plan. For now, this is just an idea that is to be put into practice,” Noureddine Mediane, President of the Istiqlal party in the House of Representatives highlighted.
Both the Istiqlal party (IP) and Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) reportedly regard this study as an opportunity to strengthen the bill, deposited by the Istiqlal party in January 2014, advocating the legalization of cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic purposes.
Previously, Mediane had defended the legalization of cannabis cultivation in Morocco, arguing that over 300,000 people continue to work in its cultivation, mainly in the northern part of the country.
In addition, the PAM launched a parliamentary debate on the legalization of the cultivation of cannabis and called for excluding this plant from the list of illegal drugs.
Despite the emergence of voices demanding the legalization of marijuana cultivation in Morocco’s northern regions since 2013, Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, said last July that his government will not authorize its cultivation, saying that those who claim otherwise are selling “illusions” to the small growers in the north of the kingdom.