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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Suffering from poverty and horror…How will cannabis farmers in Morocco benefit from the license?

The legalization of this cultivation constitutes a lifeline for the inhabitants of large areas in northern Morocco, specifically in what is known as the historical regions in the regions of Chefchaouen and Al Hoceima, where this agriculture is the only economic activity in a region where poverty is widespread.

Abdullah Al-Jout, an association actor in the Chefchaouen region, told DW Arabia that the region needs something similar to the Marshall Plan to get it out of poverty, adding: “Poverty has been going on in the region for a while, but for three years it has worsened even more, as the debt accumulated to the point that half of the farmers did not They plant something, “and the association actor adds that” the quality “has recently turned into a” source of resentment “because farmers, under pressure of poverty, use hybrid seeds that have damaged the water balance and the environment, and the solution” will be nothing but legalization that encourages farmers to work in better conditions and use local seeds. Foundation”.

The aforementioned draft law was prepared by the Ministry of the Interior, which speaks in its memorandum addressed to the Council of Government, that this step comes in line with international law that authorized the use of the cannabis plant for medical and industrial purposes, highlighting that Morocco needs to qualify its local legislation in order to attract international investments, and the government postponed Trading in the project for the next week.

A project to end horror

The project shows an urgent need to stop the specter of arrest that haunts farmers’ activity in the area, as media reports indicate that the number of farmers wanted for justice is estimated at tens of thousands of whom have been arrested and sentenced. There is a law promulgated in 1974 penalizing plant production with heavy fines and imprisonment of up to 10 years.

“Rationing will make the life of terror come to an end, as a letter from an unknown person against one of the farmers is enough for the latter to find himself facing legal accountability,” says Abdullah Al-Jout. Farmers from the region have previously told the media about being blackmailed in exchange for turning a blind eye to their cultivation, just as the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party had previously demanded a blanket amnesty for these follower farmers.

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