The Moroccan government agrees to discuss cannabis growing bills

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The Moroccan government plans to discuss two bills submitted by the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) to reduce prosecution of farmers and legalize cannabis production. The first legislative proposal was presented by the party councils in 2014, the second by PAM representatives in 2015.

Justice Minister Mohamed Ben Abdelkader and high-ranking members of the party will hold talks on the two bills on January 8, PAM MP Larbi El Mharchi said on social media.

The latter welcomed the fact that the government has finally agreed to discuss its party’s two bills. After Ilyas El Omari withdrew from the party, the El Mharchi file was entrusted. Since then he has been talking about the subject in national and international media.

Istiqlal’s draft law on cannabis

However, PAM was not the first political party to propose cannabis production in Morocco. It is worth noting that in December 2013, Istiqlal (Independence) MPs were the first in a bill to the House of Representatives to ask the government to legalize cannabis cultivation in five regions, namely Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Ouezzane, Tétouan, and Taounate.

The project started as part of a symposium organized on December 4 by two PAM factions with the Moroccan coalition for the medical and industrial use of KIF to legalize cannabis.

The motto of this event was: “The positive role of cannabis in creating an alternative economy”. Since then, PAM Istiqlal has taken a clear step to establish itself as a true advocate for the legalization of crop cultivation and the general amnesty in favor of small farmers.

This renewed interest in the topic comes at a time when financial and political circles are campaigning for the introduction of KIF and, in particular, its money into the legal cycle.

This shows the position that Istiqlal MEPs took in the Finance Committee in November 2019 when examining the draft 2020 finance law in the presence of Minister Mohamed Benchaâboun.

They hope that the experiences of Uruguay and Canada, as well as certain states in the United States in Morocco, can serve as a model.