Morocco wants a less water-intensive cannabis strain

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The National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis-Related Activities (ANRAC), Morocco’s cannabis regulatory body, has considered the need to create a new variety of cannabis in order to relieve the pressure of crops on groundwater.

If the original Moroccan varieties were adapted to the local climate and terrain, particularly in the Rif, the arrival of modern varieties weighs heavily in the annual water consumption.

The daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiataken up by, reports that several points relating to the rationalization of water consumption for the cultivation of cannabis were discussed during the last ANRAC board of directors, in particular the establishment of a program research that would allow Morocco to have improved varieties that can be adapted to production conditions at the national level.

Also involved, the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui, recalled the importance of scientific research in the development of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes. According to him, this requires the training of specialized engineers and doctors who will work with national university laboratories.

This academic orientation should contribute significantly to the achievement of the objectives set by Morocco, such as the creation of a new variety.

The Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, agreed, assuring that efforts will be made in scientific research to produce this national variety, with the aim of helping to relieve the pressure on groundwater. She should, as reported Al Ahdath Al Maghribiahave specificities that predispose it to consume less water than other varieties while remaining interesting for medical or industrial use.

The daily also details the various points studied during this meeting, such as the stages of development of the system relating to the regulation of cannabis. To this end, the agency has taken important steps in the import of seeds compliant with the industrial use of cannabis, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki.

Moreover, reports Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the question of the organization of producers and industrialists who operate in a legal cannabis operation was also at the heart of this ANRAC meeting. It is thus indicated that the agency discussed the organization of producers and manufacturers within the framework of a federation concerned with the regulation, marketing and promotion of the product. Support for producers in the area of ​​training and support was also discussed.

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