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House of Representatives Adopts By Majority Bill on Cannabis Legal Use

Publié le Jeudi 27 Mai 2021 | MAP

Rabat - The House of Representatives adopted, on Wednesday by majority, during a plenary session, Bill No. 13-21 on the legal use of cannabis. The bill, which aims to improve farmers' income and create promising and fixed employment opportunities, was adopted by 119 votes against 48, during thr session chaired by Habib El Malki, speaker of the house.

Speaking on this occasion, Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit said that this law is in line with the changes experienced by the global drug control system and in a special context marked by an "unprecedented" enthusiasm in countries around the world to develop cannabis cultivation and profit from the income generated by the commercialization of its legal products.

Laftit underlined that the exhaustive studies carried out by the ministry showed that Morocco has great potentialities which are able to attract important investments for the industrialization of cannabis and the access to the global markets of these products. He also highlighted Morocco's competitive assets, namely the great knowledge of this plant gained over the centuries, which qualifies Moroccan farmers to guarantee the success of this project, adding that the geographical position of the Kingdom as a gateway to Europe will undoubtedly facilitate access to the largest market for cannabis products.

It also concerns the logistics facilities available to the Kingdom without forgetting the attractiveness of investment in general and foreign investment in particular, he said. This bill inaugurates a new phase in the management of cannabis based on sustainable development, the promotion of the situation of farmers and the guarantee of the safe operation of activities relating to the production and development of the cannabis plant, as well as the filling of the legal gap which hinders the achievement of this approach, explained the minister, affirming that the project considers the farmer a cornerstone of this project by allowing him to have an authorization issued by the National Regulatory Agency for Indian hemp activities, established under this bill.

In support of the efforts of negotiation between farmers and manufacturers, the bill recommends the grouping of farmers in the form of cooperatives which will be in charge of signing contracts with manufacturers and ensuring the preservation of farmers' rights, underlined Laftit, adding that the Agency will also support the farmers and allow them to acquire the best methods for sustainable agriculture and to be open to global experiences in this field, in addition to the acquisition of quality seeds. He concluded by saying that the bill adopted the gender approach by instructing the National Regulatory Agency for Indian hemp activities to improve the conditions of rural women in these regions.