March 23, 2023

Abdel Latif Wehbe, Minister of Justice and General Secretary of the Authenticity and Modernity Party, said the amendments to the criminal law would provide for a twenty-year prison sentence for anyone who sold drugs to minors or was convicted of selling drugs in front of educational institutions.

He added during his party’s regional conference today, Saturday, in the Beni Mellal area, that we cannot leave our children in the hands of these criminal drug dealers, who should be severely punished.

In this regard, he said: “His ministry has begun to sign partnership agreements with regional councils to establish closed drug reintegration centers,” explaining that sentencing this group of young people to prison is not a solution. because they are sick and their treatment is the responsibility of the state.

He added that these centers will be created at the level of the regions of Rabat, Fez and Casablanca with a view to expanding them to other regions.

These centers fall within the scope of the Justice Department’s feasibility study on alternative punishments, which proposed giving drug addicts under criminal prosecution the opportunity to express their desire and willingness to receive treatment and improve their health. their behavior in order to properly integrate into society.

The Ministry seeks through these projects to reduce overcrowding in Moroccan prisons, and at the level of the Rabat district, a partnership agreement between the Council of the Region and the Ministry to transform the Salé drug treatment center into a drug treatment center was approved at the last July session.

The project, which has an estimated financial cost of 12 million dirhams, will be overseen by the ministries of justice and health and will target the 16 to 21 age group who will receive medical services.

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