Morocco has taken the decision, for some time now, to legalize the production of cannabis in certain regions for therapeutic, cosmetic and industrial purposes. To this end, the National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities (ANRAC) was created to ensure the implementation of the State’s strategy in the field of cultivation, production, manufacture and the marketing of cannabis products, including the importation of these products.
To support this important project for the Kingdom, and which will serve above all to open up several regions of the Rif, the Moroccan Consultative Association for the Use of Cannabis (AMCUC) in partnership with a pharmaceutical laboratory has launched the program “ Kif Takwine to train several doctors and pharmacists in the medical and therapeutic uses of cannabis. Nothing is therefore left to chance.
On Wednesday April 26, the first imported cannabis seeds arrived at Mohamed V airport in Casablanca. A second shipment, of a larger quantity, should arrive this Friday afternoon.
According to an informed source who confided in MoroccoLatestNews, the quantities imported by the Kingdom are sufficient to cultivate a hundred hectares and will be distributed to the cooperatives concerned in the cities of Al-Hoceima and Chefchaouen. The sources of imports are multiple, in particular from Switzerland, Uruguay, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy and the United States, it was specified.
Referring to the efforts made by the National Food Safety Office (ONSSA) and ANRAC for the smooth running of this operation, the same source explained that specifications have been drawn up, including the technical conditions required in record time.
For its part, the Administration of Customs and Indirect Taxes (ADII) has published a circular relating to the application of requirements for the import and export of cannabis seeds and plants, in accordance with Law 13.21 relating to the uses legal cannabis.
According to the document, article 3 of the law relating to the legal uses of cannabis stipulates that the import and export of seeds and plants are subject to an authorization issued by ANRAC.
The circular also indicates that article 12 of the same law stipulates that those who obtain import or export licenses must be of legal age, of Moroccan nationality and meet the conditions provided for by the laws in force concerning production and marketing. seeds and seedlings.
As for article 13 of the same law, it stipulates that the holders of export and import licenses can only import seeds approved by ANRAC, in accordance with the joint judgment issued by the ministries of Interior and Agriculture No. 1295-22 of May 12, 2022, setting the conditions and procedures for the certification of cannabis seeds and plants by ANRAC.
In accordance with the provisions of article 2 of this decree, the batches of seeds and plants of certified cannabis must carry a label comprising the number of the decision of certification of the variety, the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of the said variety as well as the mention the reference ” cannabis: certified seeds/plants » or the related logo.
In addition, article 7 of law 13-21, provides, with the exception of medicinal and pharmaceutical products, that it is prohibited to manufacture products whose THC content exceeds the rate set by regulation, which is 1%.