Morocco could soon become the latest African country to legalize marijuana as the government last month ratified a draft bill to legalise its medical use, with parliament expected to debate the legislation this week. Africa News reports that according to a report released last year by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Morocco is the world’s biggest producer of cannabis resin, or hashish with cannabis output in the North African country estimated to total more than 700 tonnes. Growing cannabis was was banned in Morocco in 1954 but has been tolerated as its cultivation provides a livelihood for 80,000 to 120,000 families, according to unofficial estimates. Now the kingdom hopes that cultivating cannabis for medical use will become a lucrative business and place Morocco on the global market.