Cannabis growing areas: EESC recommendations in 9 key points

1. Calm the social climate in order to turn the page on the legal proceedings against the farmers and their families. Mechanisms for consultation between the State, local authorities and civil society in the region should be put in place in order to build, together, a future of development and progress for the benefit of all;

2. Design and implement an emergency programme for the development of road infrastructure and small-scale engineering works with the aim of opening up cannabis cultivation areas and facilitating the development of economic activity. This opening up of rural areas basically includes access to basic social services, education, vocational training and health. The same applies to the telecommunications networks, which must be upgraded in order to open up these areas digitally;

3. Design and implement a special programme for the development of economic and social activities that generate income and employment in order to reduce the causes of social tensions and diversify the sources of income of the population, which are heavily focused on cannabis;

4. Building an integrated therapeutic and industrial cannabis industry by developing cannabis locally through the joint development of the production and processing of the plant with, on the one hand, farmers/producers of the plant who will be able to carry out some processing of the plant and sale of derived products and, on the other hand, processing and extraction industries, capable of going as far as the pharmaceutical composition or any other product with high added value

5. Provide specific incentives to attract national and international investment and know-how to the region in cannabis processing activities;

6. To ensure the preservation of the environment, particularly in terms of saving water resources and protecting wooded areas and soil;

7. Develop a national cannabis economy open to the technological know-how and outlets necessary for significant production. This also implies that a Moroccan scientific research oriented towards the plant and its transformation should constitute an important pillar of this economy;

8. Promote the organization of farmers into cooperatives to facilitate the establishment and acquisition of exclusive rights to the areas of cultivation, varieties or products derived from this agriculture;

9. Supporting research and innovation to create innovative products by taking advantage of the characteristics of Moroccan cannabis, and establishing a mechanism for coordinating, monitoring and promoting research and innovation in cannabis processing.

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