There has been a lot of talk lately about Uruguay’s attempts to legalize marijuana. It looks like another nation might be thinking about legalizing marijuana as well. Earlier this week the nation of Morocco’s parliament held a hearing to discuss recreational and medical marijuana. The hearing was organized by the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM).
The Moroccan parliament recently held a hearing to discuss and explore the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco’s main political parties are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant. According to RT:
“Security policies aren’t solving the problem because it’s an economic and social issue so the PAM is trying to find a credible alternative,” PAM’s Mehdi Bensaid said. ”We think this crop can become an important economic resource for Morocco and the citizens of this region.”
Illegal marijuana cultivation annually reaches 10 percent of Morocco’s economy with sales estimated at $10 billion, according to the Moroccan Network for the Industrial and Medicinal Use of Marijuana. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Cannabis farms are mainly found in the north of the country in the Rif Mountains.
I dream of day when the United States tries to legalize marijuana on a federal level like Uruguay, or at least has a major political party lead a constructive conversation about it. How many other countries are going to legalize before the United States? How long do you think the United States will watch other countries reap the benefits of legalization before we change our federal policy? I hope that after Uruguay leads the way, the United States won’t be that far behind. And definitely if Uruguay and Morocco both legalize, I would absolutely hope that would be enough. But who knows, United States politics is f’d.