While Algerian lawmakers were apoplectic over the nonstop Moroccan smuggling of hash this past summer, they may soon have more to worry about – as Moroccan lawmakers debate the idea of legalizing cannabis for both medicinal and industrial uses.
According to Middle East Online, Moroccan lawmakers are anticipated to congregate Wednesday for the purpose of debating the legal ramifications and probability of legalizing the cultivation of marijuana – or as it’s locally referred to “Kif.”
“We are organizing a research day in Parliament on Wednesday, on the use of medical kif (marijuana), with Moroccan and international experts,” noted the head of a liberal opposition party, Mehdi Bensaid.
For those that live in the Riff Mountains of northern Morocco, cannabis cultivation has long been a way of life, at least until it was outlawed in the early 1970s, thereby crushing the local economy. Leaving over 90,000 Moroccan families, approximately 760,000 indigent people on the fringes of Moroccan law.
“The idea is to start a debate on that, to see what others experiences in the field can tell us, looking at control – rather than total legalization,” said Bensaid.
Those Moroccan politicians who support the campaign to have their marijuana laws reformed, claim it would elevate the desperately needed financial development in the Riff Mountain region, benefiting cultivators, rather than drug smugglers illegally trafficking the end product at a monumental profit.
Tired of being left in the financial dust of the failing war on drugs, Morocco seeks to join the fast-growing legions of freethinking countries around the world that have modified their outdated and archaic marijuana laws – such as Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Britain, Canada, Australia, the US, and the newest member to the club… the Czech Republic.