Morocco issues the first permits for the legal cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes

The Government of Morocco has issued the first ten permits for farmers to cultivate legally cannabis for industrial and export purposes, after the ratification in June 2021 of the measure that legalizes the cultivation and commercialization of cannabis for use medicinal and industrial.

The National Agency for the Regulation of Activities Related to Cannabis (ANRAC) has confirmed the issuance of the licenses just a few days after Mohamed el Gherruj took office as interim director of the body, as reported by the Moroccan newspaper ‘Le Matin’.

Thus, he stressed that this decision is part of the provisions of Law 13-21 on the legal use of cannabis and stressed that he will proceed to the authorization of other farmers in the ‘regulatory perimeter’, located between the provinces of Alhucemas, Chefchaouen and Taunate, within the framework of a process of reconversion of crops towards a "lawful culture".

The Moroccan Interior Minister, Abdeluafi Laftit, defended during the parliamentary approval process of the law that it seeks to open "development opportunities" in the areas of cannabis cultivation in the African countryone of the largest producers of this drug worldwide.

The production and commercialization of cannabis, centered mainly in the Rif area, has been illegal for years, which has caused the flourishing of illegal trafficking networks, which also affect Spain. The Rif has been the epicenter of protests in recent years against economic inequality and high unemployment.

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