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Spring 2019

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


In Morocco, cannabis production and consumption are illegal, both medicinally and recreationally. The cultivation of the plant is among the top five in the world. This research will explore many aspects of cannabis in Morocco. There is much literature that exists surrounding the agricultural, economic, and political implications of cannabis, but this research will focus on social perceptions of cannabis and cannabis laws of local Moroccans. This research will explore past government attempts to legalize marijuana and why they did not pass. It will also explore the work of local youth organizations (that focus on cannabis) to understand what they are doing to help get the legalization of marijuana passed and learn why they hope to pass such legislation. Lastly, I interview local Moroccans to understand their perceptions of cannabis and laws regarding cannabis. What are the social implications of cannabis laws for Moroccans? Although cannabis farmers do rely on its production to survive, I expect for most local people to not support the legislation of cannabis because Morocco is a Muslim country. Their laws are based on the Quran.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agriculture | Food and Drug Law | Islamic Studies | Islamic World and Near East History | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance


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