Should cannabis be legalized?

Cannabis has been used in Morocco for a long time. For its consumption, a tool called sebsi is used. The processed cannabis is called kief . This cannabis should be considered as a soft drug, but it is still considered as illegal to purchase it although people in the past used to smoke it in public without being arrested. Now with the crackdown on using and dealing in drugs of all sorts, people use it on the sly.

Morocco is one of the biggest producers of cannabis. The production area is in the north of the country which is the closest to Europe. Its production has made many drug dealers some of the richest in the country through money laundering in Morocco and Spain the country where it is sold and which also serves as a transit to other European countries. Now there is the start of a crackdown on the lands where it is produced and on the drug barons.

But Morocco has been under pressure from the EU to control cannabis production and sale by gangs, which has led to the arrest of drug dealers and many security personnel for facilitating drug trafficking. The most famous of them is Abdelaziz Izzou, who was serving as head of security at Morocco’s royal palaces when he was arrested

Legalizing cannabis will have a disastrous effect on Morocco where the majority of its citizens are still young. It will lead just to its over-consumption with its dire consequences on their physical and mental health. There are other ways for people to feel euphoric by engaging in physical, mental and spiritual exercises without having to try a herb, addiction to which will tempt the young to use hard drugs. It’s like getting addicted to alcohol. For alcoholic, they need strong liquor around the hour, which of course has an effect on their health.

Instead of envisaging legalizing cannabis, efforts should be made to dissuade people from using it and to open rehabilitation centres. Alcohol at least doesn’t kill through “second-hand drinking”. Cannabis as a smoke can affect non-smokers who inhale it from its direct users.

As one variation of drug, leads to another, those using soft drugs will be tempted to use hard drugs. If cannabis is legalized, maybe in the future there will be calls to legalize other forms of drugs. Contrary to the view that legalizing cannabis can solve economic and security problems, it may lead to more problems, as there will be efforts to deal with the use of hard drugs resulting from using soft drugs.

Instead of allocating ( more) land for growing more cannabis as an economic activity, more of it should be allocated to grow more food in view of its current high prices and shortage. Food processing can also create more jobs without raising any ethical or social controversy. It can be easier to ask people to eat moderately (as food isn’t and addiction) than to ask people to abstain from cannabis or use it “healthily when it is available at the market like any other normal commodity.


  1. kirsty said,

    March 18, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I Believe that if cannabis were to be legalised it would save alot of problems and wouldn’t cause anywhere near as much trouble as what people seem to think. I Personally DO NOT smoke the substance but i have done alot of research to find out how it affects peoples minds and behavier. I Also done an equal ammount of research on alcohol and found that Cannabis holds alot less problems than what alcohol does. At the moment people are getting arrested for alot more crimes related to alcohol where as the only arrests bieng made with cannabis are possession of and dealing. peoples behavier do not change often though it may cause paranoier which is not likely and only affects the person if they smoke alot of and smoke it for a long period of time. alcahol causes alot of trouble with lots of arrests such as drink driving, ABH, urinating in public, public nudity, theft and many more. Cannabis doesn’t seem to have an affect on peoples behavier and i found out there were not many arrests at all due to cannabis smokers, just drug dealers. Why dont police save there time by legalising a substance alot less harmful than many currently legal substances such as alcohol. I believe that would save alot of our problems such as Money for police equiptment (they would even gain money as they would claim tax if it were legal), less fighting and other alcohol related crimes, less problems with alcahollics and rebellious teenagers.

  2. Eco Green said,

    November 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Politicians are 10 years behind the times, when it comes to hemp use. People have been fighting for along time against pot prohibition with some movement going on now. Still too slow for those caught up in the jail system. Our freedoms have been trampled on by folks who know nothing about how beautiful cannabis can be for someones life. Keep up the good work.

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