In May 2021, the Moroccan parliament adopted Law 13-21 on the legal use of cannabis for medical, cosmetic and industrial purposes. The government has stressed this process as a strategic opportunity to position itself within a booming global licit cannabis industry and a mechanism to improve farmers’ livelihoods and protect them from drug trafficking networks.
This event is aimed at assessing the potential impacts of this process on illicit cannabis markets in northern Morocco and on drug trafficking networks. Key questions will include:
• How will the state challenge the trafficking networks’ influence over the cultivation process and isolate them from the cannabis economy?
• What opportunities exist for separate small cultivators from trafficking networks? Are there risks which are foreseen?
• How are traffickers adapting in advance of the regularisation process?