Rabat - The Justice and Development Party expressed its opposition to proposed policies to legalize cannabis cultivation in northern Morocco, even for medical or industrial uses.
Rabat – The Justice and Development Party expressed its opposition to proposed policies to legalize cannabis cultivation in northern Morocco, even for medical or industrial uses.
The issue of cannabis cultivation legalization triggered tension between the old rival parties: the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and the Justice and Development Party (PJD).
In a statement released on April 6 following the meeting of the General Secretariat of the PJD held on April 2, the PJD expressed its “categorical refusal of any questionable approaches that aim to decriminalize the cultivation and consumption of cannabis because of the proven danger to the health of citizens and social cohesion.”
The PJD, whose secretary general is Morocco’s head of government, also accused supporters of the decriminalization of cannabis cultivation of “exploiting” the issue “for electoral purposes.”
“The fact is that decriminalizing the cultivation of cannabis, its trade and its consumption will inevitably lead to its spread…which will…strengthen the domestic and international drug trafficking networks that go against the interests of citizens, the reputation of Morocco and the country’s international obligations,” the statement said.
The statement comes as a response to the symposium on cannabis organized by the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, chaired by Ilyass El Omari, in partnership with the Association for the Fight Against AIDS (ALCS) and the Confederation of Associations of Senhaja of the Rif for Development (CASRD).
Under the motto “All for Alternatives Based on Sustainable Development, Health and Human Rights,” El Omari, President of the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, organized the first international conference on drugs and cannabis on March 18 and 19 in Tangier.
The international conference, which is part of the preparatory procedures for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) that will be held in New York between 19 and 21 April, addressed the issue of cannabis cultivation as an economic activity of the majority of the population living in the Rif Mountains.
Edited by Kelsey Fish