Morocco has high hopes after planting its first legal cannabis crop

Reaching Morocco’s full potential is unlikely as long as cultivation is limited to medical and industrial markets
Bloomberg (US)
Monday, August 7, 2023

cannabis cultivation moroccoFarmers have planted the first legal cannabis crop in Morocco, long a top producer of black-market hashish. For now, it’s shaping up to be a modest entry into the above-board market, but hopes are high the nation will one day become a key supplier to the steadily opening European market. The country’s first growing season began in June after legal cultivation was authorized to a group of farmers and companies for medical and industrial use. The government has touted the project as an opportunity to boost revenue, create jobs and protect the environment. Cultivation for recreational use is still banned, however, which experts say limits how quickly the industry will be able to grow.