Morocco to legalize medical cannabis

One of the world’s largest producers of illicit cannabis took a major step towards legalization last week, when the Moroccan parliament voted to legalize cannabis cultivation for medicinal and industrial use last week. 

The move could be a major boon to the tens of thousands of farmers who make their livelihood off illicit cannabis cultivation in the North African country, which has long been one of the world’s main exporters of cannabis – mainly in the form of hashish.

The bill would not legalize the sale, use, or production of cannabis for recreational purposes. 

The push toward legalization was largely tied to recent unrest in the cannabis growing Rif region of northern Morocco, and the desire by the country’s authorities to placate farmers and ease tensions in the impoverished area, according to the Bloomberg report. 


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