The Moroccan parliament after long-time deliberations has passed a law legalizing the production and distribution of cannabis for both medicinal and industrial uses.
Cannabis outside being abused has tremendous medicinal benefits which can also be utilized to grow the economy.
The government is looking at the bigger picture and thinking outside the frame as it plans to tap into a growing global market, improve agriculture and accelerate job opportunities for its people mostly in underdeveloped rural areas.
So far Morocco is among the world’s largest producers of cannabis for recreational uses, a record they’re not very proud of. Such use of cannabis remains illegitimate under the new legislation.
The country is taking bold steps to shake things up positively. The government recently restricted sea travel from Spain based on health criteria. Usually about 3 million to 3.5 million Moroccans living in Europe make sea travel during summer from Spain’s southern ports with Spanish authorities taking measures to help them.
Last week, the foreign ministry said the international passenger traffic will be reopened through airports and ports for only vaccinated persons or those with Covid-19 negative PCR test results.
But this is not the case for Spanish ports; it will remain closed. However, Moroccans coming from Europe can cross taking French or Italian ports as in last year.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.