February 8, 2023

A number of hemp farmers (kief) in the northern regions, excluded from the law legalizing this cultivation, are experiencing a difficult situation after they faced restrictions restricting their agricultural activities, especially during this period of the year, which coincides with the planting of seeds.

The government did not include the regions of Wazzan, Tetouan and Larache in the scope of the law on the legal use of the cannabis plant, sparking widespread debate between civil society and human rights activists who refused to “exclude certain areas that witness an intense presence of the kief plant.”

Some civic actors have gambled that the Wazzan region be included in the cannabis law, especially since there is a geographic opportunity to contain projects and infrastructure that can be staked on to turn Wazzan into a true industrial pole in the north.

Nureddin Othman, a civic activist, said that the legalization of cannabis has not been a concern for farmers in recent years, but due to a decrease in its price on the market and difficulties in marketing, farmers have resorted to a legalization scheme.

Othman added in a statement to Hespress that there are other factors that have prompted farmers to take part in the official initiative, including the large number of farmers wanted by the security and judicial authorities, in addition to the decriminalization of “kif”. ” at the international level and the trend towards its production by specialized companies.

The spokesman stressed that all these factors have led farmers in the northern regions to want to take advantage of the card scheme, which has been officially approved by the Moroccan government, in order to improve their economic situation and free themselves from the ropes of legal persecution that surround them. their necks and, as a result, the deprivation of many livelihoods Legitimate administrative and legal documents.

He continued by saying: “With the actual implementation of the rationing project through a special agency for this, and the actual start of the distribution of legal operating licenses, the voices from the regions excluded from rationing (Wazzan, Larache, Tetouan…) were surprised. with this exception.

These regions are called, in the words of the same author, “to benefit from this project, noting that at least part of these three regions were covered by the card map in the initial stages, but for unknown reasons they were excluded in the last stage.”

A spokesman told Hespress that hemp is found in the northern regions, and that a large part of the population in the desert and rural areas live off this cultivation, and with no real development alternatives in these areas, “the demand for legalization remains.” legal.”

He said: “The competent authorities should clarify how they will deal with farmers who are not subject to rationing, especially since the economic and social situation in these areas is very difficult, as the percentage of poverty, unemployment, marginalization and illiteracy is very high. , in addition to a high suicide rate, as these areas rank first in the country as a result of the unstable and disastrous economic and social situation.

The same civic leader expressed his conviction that the only possible solution in these difficult circumstances is “universal legalization of cannabis in these areas so that the region can free itself from the clutches of poverty, unemployment and marginalization and live in dignity, away from the fear of arrest and imprisonment, especially since the government is talking about the growing demand for Moroccan kief for medical and cosmetic use.

For his part, Abdullah al-Jut, a civic activist from Bab Bard, was surprised that historical areas known for growing cannabis were not included in the Kif cultivation law, pointing out that farmers in the Wazzan and Tetouan regions were not aware of their fate due to the agency’s lack of attention to the legalization of cannabis cultivation in these areas.

Al-Jut said in a statement to Hespress that “the kief legalization agency should openly open channels of communication with farmers, whether they belong to agricultural areas or those who are excluded, to clarify the situation. especially in light of the worsening social crisis in the northern regions.”

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