Cannabis farms cover 500 square kilometers of Northern Morocco

”Most of the land cultivated for cannabis is public property," according to one environmental activist.
Morocco World News (Morocco)
Friday, January 18, 2019

Between 47,000 and 50,000 hectares, mainly in the Rif region, are planted with cannabis in Morocco, the National Narcotics Commission (CNS) said. Mohamed Andaloussi, the president of the Azir Association for the Protection of the Environment in Al Hoceima, recently told EFE that 90 percent of the land cultivated for cannabis is public property that farmers exploit illegally. “A large part of these public lands were forests that farmers cut down to grow cannabis despite this being an illegal activity since 1974,” Andaloussi pointed out. (See also: Moroccan police seizes 15 tons of cannabis resin in Tangier | Le trafic de cocaïne met les autorités sous pression)