Morocco advances in the construction of the second factory in the country in which cannabis will be used for medical purposes.
As the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has revealed, it is an ambitious project with a total cost of 60 million dirhams (about 14.6 million euros).
The industrial warehouse will be built in the Ain Cheggag industrial complex, in the province of Sefrú, in the Fez-Meknes region, and will have an area of 6,000 square meters.
In this context, the ministry indicated that “an agreement protocol was signed to complete an investment project related to a cannabis conversion factory and extraction of materials for use in medical industries.”
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The Moroccan Parliament approved in June 2021 a law that regulated for the first time the therapeutic and industrial uses of the cannabis plant but punished its “recreational” use
Already in March 2022, the Government gave shape to this regularization with the approval of a decree that determined the cultivation in the northern Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, and Taunat, as they are the provinces historically known for this activity.
As a high point, on June 3rd of the same year, Morocco announced an “action plan” for the medical and industrial exploitation of cannabis, and in July, a law aimed at legalizing its uses entered into force.
The first factory for the use of cannabis for medical purposes in the country was inaugurated last March in the Bab Bard region, in the Chaouen region.
Managed by the Bio Cannat Cooperative, it thus became the first national unit to exploit this plant for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Now, the ministry has signed an agreement to start the construction of a second plant that helps the Government to continue regularizing the use of cannabis, a whole business in the country, which is postulated as one of the largest producers in the world.
According to a report by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, at least 400,000 people belonging to 60,000 humble families live from the cultivation of this plant, generally on small farms in the north.
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