The Minister of the Interior presided on June 2, 2022, in Rabat, Morocco, on the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Agency for the Legalization of Cannabis Activities, as provided by the Law No. 21.13 on the legal uses of cannabis. Among the attendees were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates; the Minister of Economy and Finance; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry; the Minister of Industry and Trade; the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation; representatives of government authorities in charge of health, water, and environment; and the Directors General of the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Investments and Exports and the National Office for the Sanitary Safety of Foodstuffs.
National Agency implements State plan for cannabis cultivation and production.
The National Agency for the Legalization of Cannabis-related Activities has to implement the Moroccan State's strategy for the cultivation, production, processing, transformation, commercialization, export, and import of cannabis products for medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial purposes.
To this end, the National Agency has important tasks and competencies, such as the legalization, monitoring, and control of all operations related to cannabis, its legitimate uses following the Kingdom's international obligations, the organization and development of the various stages of this activity from seed production to the marketing of the final product, and support for research to promote the use of cannabis in the medical, cosmetic and industrial fields, facilitating administrative procedures in coordination with the relevant authorities and directing illegal activities towards legitimate, sustainable and income-generating activities.
This council's agenda included several items, including approving the agency's organizational structure, the agency's user statute, and limiting the agency's budget to the year 2022.
The agency's action plan for the year 2022 includes many axes, such as approving the sheet on technical specifications related to the activities of cultivation, production, processing, and manufacturing of hemp, exploitation of its seeds and plants, marketing, export, and import for industrial purposes, and initiating licensing procedures for national and international players in the cannabis industry, Indian medical and industrial farmers, seed, nursery and transport companies, and the establishment of the first cooperatives to transform and manufacture local products formed by members of local farmers.
The legitimate cannabis development program wants to establish a legal framework to enable the development of avenues for the medical and industrial use of cannabis following the Kingdom's international obligations in order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this market by attracting players at the international level, supporting investment in the processing and manufacturing of cannabis products, as well as the gradual reorientation of environmentally destructive illicit cultivation towards sustainable legal activities generating value and employment, in addition to protecting and promoting the national heritage and establishing a strict traceability and control system to prevent access to the illicit market of cannabis and its derivatives.