Morocco: Is cannabis cultivation (really) in smoke?

For several years, the annual reports of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) indicate a net decrease in the production of cannabis cultivation in Morocco. But if the land areas used for this crop have undoubtedly been reduced since that Rabat has engaged in a "war against drugs" in 1992, cannabis resin production has not decreased in same proportions.

A real gap between the assessment of Moroccan hashish production made by UNODC or INCSR and quantities of cannabis seized in Europe and Morocco, thus casting serious doubt on the figures.

The first cannabis cultivation in Morocco have appeared in the fifteenth or even the seventh century, probably introduced by the Arabs after the invasion of North Africa. In the nineteenth century, Sultan Moulay Hassan then authorized the cultivation of cannabis in restricted areas. This policy was continued under the...

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