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The Moroccan parliament has passed a law legalising the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses.
The North African country has been considering the move for a while. On 11 March, the Moroccan government approved a bill authorising the ‘medical, cosmetic and industrial’ use of cannabis.
The interior ministry, headed by Abdelouafi Laftit, drafted the bill, and it paves the way for the legalisation of cannabis for medical use as which has now been completed.
The authorities are also going to put in the needed frame work to regulate its production.
The aim is to tap into a growing global market, boost agriculture and create jobs in underdeveloped rural areas.
Morocco is one of the world’s biggest producers of cannabis for illicit, recreation uses. This will remain illegal under the new legislation.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK