Morocco

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01
Mar

Morocco Expected To Pass Cannabis Legalization Soon

a green star symbol on top of red marijuana leaves

After failing at previous efforts, Morocco is set to open the door for the production of medical cannabis. 

The stage is set after “the co-ruling PJD party, the largest in parliament, dropped its opposition,” according to Reuters.

The PJD shifted its position following a decision by the United Nations in December to remove marijuana from the list of the world’s most dangerous drugs.

Fri
26
Feb

Morocco set to legalise cannabis production for medical use

hemo field

Morocco plans to allow the farming, export and domestic sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use, the government said on Thursday, a move it hopes will help impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug.

Past attempts to legalise cannabis farming in Morocco have failed, but the co-ruling PJD party, the largest in parliament, dropped its opposition after the U.N. drug agency removed the plant from its list of most tightly controlled narcotic drugs.

The bill, which the cabinet is expected to approve next week, aims to improve farmers' incomes, protect them from drug traffickers who now control the trade in cannabis and gain access to the booming legal international market for the drug.

Fri
19
Feb

Morocco Misses Out On Record German Medical Cannabis Imports

medical bottle filled with cannabis buds

Morocco, Europe’s largest cannabis supplier, is falling behind against countries that have legalized cannabis as German imports grow. Even amid the COVID-19 crisis, Germany’s medical cannabis imports hit a record high in the fourth quarter of 2020. The country imported nearly 10,000 kilograms of legal medical cannabis in 2020.

While traditionally Morocco has supplied 70% of Europe’s demand, all of Germany’s legal imports were supplied by countries that have legalized their cannabis industry. Whereas much of the illegal market in EUrope continues to rely on untaxed exports from Morocco, the legal market is being supplied by Canada, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Spain, Australia and Israel.

Thu
11
Feb

Morocco authorities unearth nine tonnes of cannabis resin buried in sand

men digging hole in sand

There’s plenty of sand in Morocco, so burying 9.2 tonnes of cannabis resin bales in the middle of it might have made perfect sense to drug dealers. But the bid to escape detection by using an obvious hiding place didn’t work out at all.

The weed resin, packed into large bales, was found buried in sand on the outskirts of Guelmim in southwestern Morocco, according to the country’s national security service.

La Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (DGSN) notes that the drugs were seized and an investigation has kicked off.

Mon
03
Jun

You’ll never guess which country smokes the most weed

If you had to guess which country consumed the most cannabis in the world, you’d surely start with places where the plant is at least legalized. Uruguay, for instance, legalized cannabis in 2013. Another choice might be Canada, which passed adult-use marijuana legislation in 2018. Heck, you could even pick countries where the drug is partially legalized, like the United States or Netherlands.

Thu
23
May

The African cannabis market is poised to reach $7.1 billion within four years

Cannabis is distancing itself from its former days of prohibition and people are enjoying legalization – both medically and recreationally throughout North America and Europe. But what’s been going on in Africa?

Thu
09
May

The African cannabis market could reach $7.1B by 2023

In the global cannabis landscape, Africa is an overlooked market. This is due to a number of factors, such as the illegality of the plant across the continent and the poor economic conditions that many African countries face.

Africa has the potential to become an enormous cannabis market due to the large population and favorable climate that makes growing weed easier than in neighboring Europe. A new report by Prohibition Partners suggests that by 2023, the African cannabis market could reach $7.1 billion.

Wed
01
May

Emerging markets - African countries exporting marijuana

African governments are considering ways of tapping into the lucrative marijuana market. According to a UN survey, more than 10 000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, which could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal cannabis.

Although African governments have not yet followed the trend of marijuana legalisation seen in Europe and the Americas, legitimate marijuana production for medicinal and industrial use is taking off. For instance, Lesotho is the continent's first country to offer legal licences to grow marijuana, signalling a shift towards more liberal policies.

Mon
04
Dec

Tourists roll up for Morocco's cannabis trail

It may not feature in Morocco's official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country. At a hotel bar in the northern region of Ketama, German tourist Beatrix made no attempt to hide the joint she was rolling.

The 57-year-old said she had fallen in love with the area for "the quality of its hashish and the friendliness of its residents". Hassan, a 40-something sporting a conspicuous gold watch, said cannabis was "our main source of wealth".

Tue
10
Oct

The green gold rush: Could Africa be on the verge of a weed race?

Several African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource.

More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed.

African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas. But Lesotho's recent announcement of the continent's first legal license to grow marijuana is part of a wider shift toward more liberal policies.

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