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After decades without legal cover, farmer Mohamed Morabet looks forward to selling his hashish this summer on the open market now that Morocco plans to legalise cannabis for medical use. The government of the world's top hashish- producing nation last month ratified a draft bill to legalise its medical use, and parliament is expected to debate the legislation this week. Cannabis output in the North African country was estimated to total more than tonnes in a study last year by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.
That same year more than tonnes of cannabis were seized by authorities, according to official figures. It was banned in Morocco in but has been tolerated as its cultivation provides a livelihood for 80, tofamilies, according to unofficial estimates.
Now the kingdom hopes that cultivating cannabis for medical use will become a lucrative business and place Morocco on the global market. According to Morocco's interior ministry, the market worldwide is growing at an annual rate of 30 percent, and by 60 percent a year in Europe.
Farmers, who only made a small profit while traffickers for decades reaped the benefits from the sale of cannabis, are also hopeful for a more profitable future. Officials estimate that farmers could make a 12 percent profit in a "legal market" compared to Seeking something special 22 Weed 22 four percent now, the official MAP news agency reported. Botanical researcher Ismail Azza agrees, predicting that "revenues in a legal circuit will certainly be better than those on the black market". The draft legislation calls for the creation of a national agency to regulate the industry, and for the formation of cooperatives to "certify" plants.
The move would "reconvert illicit" cannabis plantations into "legal and durable activities that generate jobs" in the medical, cosmetic and industrial sectors, it says. But concern remains over where cannabis should be grown, according to Abdallah al-Jout, a member of a rights group that has called for cannabis to be legalised.
The interior ministry is expected to deate certain areas, without mention of recreational use of cannabis. Farmers hope the areas will be "historical" regions where they and their ancestors have cultivated cannabis for decades. The interior ministry is also expected, once the bill becomes law, to call on farmers to set up a "cooperative" to sell their crop to a "public agency". Inabout 55, hectaresacres of land in Rif were used to grow hashish, according to official figures, compared tohectares in Farmers like year-old Said Yarou, who works on a family plantation, hope legalisation will create jobs for unemployed youths.
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