Having recently legalized cannabis for medical use, Morocco is now in a position to become a world leader in cannabis research and export. In an interview from the sidelines of the 1st International Conference on the Therapeutic and Industrial Potential of Hemp in Morocco, Redouane Rabii, President of Moroccan Association for the Consultative Use of Cannabis has some thoughts to share.
The above cannabis quote from an interview with the MAP Agency, comes from the sidelines of the 1st International Conference on the Therapeutic and Industrial Potential of Hemp in Morocco, which was recently held in Tangier.
The event marks the progress Morocco has made this year, going from the introduction of a legalization bill, to its passing implementation. You can read more about this and catch all future updates in our free companion Hemp.im cannabis news app.
Cannabis Has Big Potential in Morocco
After the promulgation of law 13-21 on the legal use of cannabis, Redouane Rabii notes promising prospects are opening up for Morocco in the medical, industrial, cosmetic and agri-food fields, among others. He estimates that the use of cannabis in these fields will only increase the gross domestic product (GDP) of Morocco as it will help boost clinical research in universities, and create job opportunities along the entire value chain from cultivation to extraction, transport and storage, and could even become a locomotive for renewed industrial activity.
Further to this, he emphasised the need to federate the efforts of all the actors in the cannabis value chain (institutions, researchers, scientists, industrialists…), in order to promote the exchange of experiences and expertise to move to practice, save time, and take advantage of the good practices developed by countries that are ahead of Morocco in terms of cannabis legalisation, such as the USA and Canada.
Cannabis Research Is Vital
“The commitment of these actors will contribute in an effective way to valorise cannabis and to optimise its exploitation”, he insisted, underlining the importance of carrying out sharp and well-structured research to optimise the use of cannabis in these different fields and to generate wealth and employment.
“We have to start taking the necessary scientific measures to achieve the expected results of the use of cannabis at multiple levels, especially since it is possible to achieve several achievements, especially in the Moroccan regions where the cultivation of this plant is present in an exclusive and considerable way,” insisted the researcher.
Morocco Could Be a World Leader
Redouane affirmed that Morocco has enormous assets allowing it to position itself among the world leaders in this field, underlining the interest of developing a new manufacturing industry able to valorise cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic and industrial purposes.
“We can produce a high quality local product, capitalising on the experiences of advanced countries in the medical and industrial use of cannabis, respecting international standards and using sophisticated equipment,” he said.
Morocco can also capitalise on the experience it has accumulated in the agricultural field and apply that to cannabis, particularly in terms of developing local products, to better exploit its “green gold” and promote the “Made in Morocco”, Redouane concluded.
This conference, which will be attended by scientists, researchers, doctors, and Moroccan and foreign industrialists, is part of Morocco’s efforts to develop the various scientific and socio-economic aspects of cannabis that can bring considerable added value to this sector.
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