Will Morocco legalize the consumption of cannabis on its territory? In any case, the bill on the legal use of cannabis will be examined during the Government Council to be held this Thursday. The extension of the state of health emergency will also be at the heart of the discussions.
Under the presidency of the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saâd Eddine El Othmani, applying the instructions of King Mohammed VI, a Government Council will first look into the bill on the legal use of cannabis, specifies a press release from the chief’s department. of the Moroccan government. Then, it will examine three draft decrees. The first concerns the extension of the state of health emergency throughout Morocco, in order to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
The second relates to the application of certain provisions of the first annex of the Dahir forming the maritime trade code relating to sea fishing vessels. The third relates to the application of the law relating to the protection of persons participating in biomedical research.
The Council will also study the cooperation agreement in the field of tourism, concluded on October 22, 2020 in Rabat between the Moroccan and Central African governments, adds the press release announcing that the Council will close its work by examining the proposals for appointment to high office, in accordance with the provisions of article 92 of the Constitution.
This legalization of the therapeutic use of cannabis will allow Morocco to position itself on a world market with annual growth of 30%, driven in particular by a 60% increase at European level, according to a note from the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior. . It will also “improve the living conditions of farmers and protect them from drug trafficking networks”.
Last December, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs removed cannabis from its list of the most dangerous drugs, which paved the way for the recognition of the medicinal and therapeutic potential of this plant, which is banned in many countries. This opening brought Algeria out of its reserve, pulling red balls on the Moroccan neighbor.