Morocco is all set to join the growing list of countries that have legalized Marijuana, also called Cannabis, for industrial and medicinal purposes.
Morocco is looking forward to enabling the domestic sale, exports, and farming of Marijuana. The bill is drafted and is yet to be passed in the parliament. Sources believe that the bill is sure to be approved. But this hasn’t been the case always.
What Is Marijuana?
Cannabis (or Marijuana) is a widely controversial substance. It is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for recreational purposes and in medicine. The source plants are Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.
It includes more than 60 cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid profile consists of cannabis strains and all these strains are named differently.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Tetrahydrocannabivarin are the main psychoactive component in Cannabis. All of the work related to the drug is conducted in Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
Cannabis has increasingly been used in medicine. Doctors and medical researchers say that converting decarboxylate THCA in the plant into THC is the only way to use the drug.
There are interesting Marijuana products available online ranging from CBD+THC Gummies, CBD Oil, CBD Chocolates, and of course, CBD capsules.
Past Attempts To Legalize Marijuana
Morocco has had several failed attempts in the past when it tried to allow the sale and use of the drug in the country. The strong opposition came from the right-wing Justice and Development Party (PJD). Now, this opposition has relented and taken a step back.
The conservative PJD took a step back because the United Nations Drug Agency removed the name of Marijuana from the list of ‘most tightly controlled substances‘. This prompted much medical research works to be undertaken involving Marijuana.
In other countries where Marijuana has already been legalized, there is a growing professional trend of being a licensed Marijuana expert.
For instance, Marijuana Doctors, the top-rated Medical Marijuana Network in the US helps patients to connect with licensed Doctors for Marijuana treatment. It has done it for thousands of people looking for marijuana medicines.
Why Does Morocco Want To Legalize Marijuana?
Morocco is set to legalize the drug now because there is a rapidly growing international market for Marijuana (for medicinal and industrial purposes). The farmers who grow Cannabis can benefit from it and illegal/criminal exploitation can be controlled at early stages.
The legalization bill is scheduled to appear in front of Moroccan lawmakers next week.
It needs to be noted that “recreational use” of Marijuana will still not be permitted in Morocco, even after this bill under discussion is passed. The use shall remain restricted to medical works undertaken by certified doctors, research works undertaken by Marijuana dispensaries, and industrial needs.
Morocco was also tempted to make this move after the Australian Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee asked the people in Victoria to submit their opinions about the use of Marijuana in the state.
“We want to hear from community members about the current restrictions on the use of cannabis in Victoria and whether these are appropriate”, Fionna Patten commented.
Which Countries Have Legalized Cannabis?
There’s a host of countries that have legalized Marijuana. It includes Australia, UK, the USA, Barbados, Argentina, Israel, Finland, Italy, Poland, Peru, Zimbabwe, and more.
On December 4, 2020, the United States approved Federal Cannabis’ legalization through the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. It is also the home to the World’s largest cannabis dispensary.
“It absolutely blows my mind that we have 164 representatives in the house that are a-ok with continuing to lock people up for possession of weed”, a Reddit user wrote.
The Good Vs Bad Debate
It’s a double-edged sword! On one hand, where there is provisional evidence that Cannabis can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, can help in improving appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, or to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms, it can also be used as substance abuse to extract short term pleasure, gratification, and feelings of euphoria.
A growing number of online blogs and newsletters are circulating in the Marijuana enthusiasts market.
There is always an ongoing debate on social media between the supporters and critics of Cannabis (Marijuana/Weed). However, we will only be able to understand whether drug legalization is a good thing or a bad thing by looking at the countries that have legalized Cannabis for the next five to ten-year time period.