Morocco’s cannabis industry could benefit from normalization with Israel

With parliamentary approval this month of a bill to legalize medical, cosmetic, and industrial cannabis, Morocco edges closer to establishing a legal cannabis industry. Developed by the Ministry of the Interior, the bill regulates activities related to the cultivation, production, manufacture, transport, and marketing of cannabis as well as its export and import for medical and therapeutic purposes. The National Agency for the Regulation of Activities Related to Cannabis was established to authorize all cannabis-related activities.


Morocco’s Parliament Votes to Legalize Local Cannabis Cultivation

When it comes to cannabis hash, one country in Northern Africa stands above all other nations, Morocco.

This country is the largest exporter of hashish worldwide, which has been the case for many years, with a lot of that hash going to Europe.

Cultivating cannabis, manufacturing it into hash, and selling it domestically or internationally is illegal in Morocco, although that obviously hasn’t stopped farmers from doing it.

A recently adopted measure will finally change that, at least in some instances.


Should the EU help legalize cannabis farms in Morocco?

Should draft legislation clear the final hurdles in the next few weeks, Morocco could become the second Arab country to legalize cannabis. Lebanon was the first in 2020. 


Morocco's bill to legalise cannabis divides growers

In Morocco’s impoverished Rif mountains, cannabis grower Mohamed El Mourabit hopes a plan to legalise the drug for some uses will raze what he calls a “wall of fear” surrounding farmers caught between poverty, traffickers and the law.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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