Morocco ratifies decree to start legal cannabis industry

Morocco has ratified the legislative changes required to start the country’s promising domestic legal cannabis industry. The prospect of legalizing Moroccan cannabis products has long captivated investors in the rapidly growing global cannabis industry, given Morocco’s historic reputation for quality cannabis production.

Given Morocco’s various free trade agreements and expertise in cultivating the plant, the decree aims to move large parts of the illicit cannabis market out of the shadows, and into the spotlight of international investors and consumers. 

Many regions across Morocco have a long history of cannabis cultivation, with local products moving domestically and throughout Europe through illicit markets. Morocco now aims to turn a former costly issue for law enforcement, into a burgeoning industry that brings in much-needed investment and tax revenue. 

Finalizing cannabis legalization
The Moroccan government held its weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday 3 March, where it finalized the process to legalize cannabis for medical and export purposes. Minister of the Interior Abdelwafi Laftit presented the draft decree during the Moroccan government’s weekly council, headed by Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch. The council deliberated and ratified draft decree 2.22.159, which implements certain legal provisions of bill 13.21, relating to the legal uses of cannabis. 

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