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Morocco: What Are Morocco's Islamists Smoking?

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Independent, 30 Jul 2013 - The country's hardline ruling party wants to legalise marijuana cultivation and give the economy a $10bn boost. Souhail Karam reports from Rabat Mustapha Tahiri, a cannabis farmer in northern Morocco, looks forward to the day he can sell his crop without worrying about being jailed. If politicians in the country's Islamist-l ed government have their way, that isn't too far off.

Morocco: High In The Rif, Morocco Cannabis Culture Thrives

Thu, 30 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Arab Times, 30 May 2013 - ISSAGUEN, Morocco, May 29, (AFP): "If you try to grow other crops here they will fail," says Ahmed, surrounded by lush green fields of cannabis, the illegal plant he and thousands of other poor farmers in Morocco's Rif Mountains depend on. The country's most notorious export has been cultivated in the traditionally rebellious northern region for centuries, where the climate for growing cannabis, or "kif", is considered ideal above an altitude of about 1,200 metres.

Morocco: Morocco Smokes Out Cannabis Crops

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Mail and Guardian, 01 Jul 2007 - Rabat, Morocco - Morocco, which has slashed cannabis cultivation by nearly half over the past four years, hopes to eradicate the main remaining area of cultivation in the northern Rif mountains by opening up the region and introducing substitute crops. The eradication programme encourages farmers to switch to other crops, especially on fertile land where the growing of cannabis is a recent development, said Khalid Zerouali, a senior official at the Interior Ministry.

Morocco: Making A Hash Of It

Thu, 13 Jul 2006 07:00:00 GMT

The Economist, 13 Jul 2006 - Why It Is Hard To Stop Moroccans Growing A Lucrative Crop ONCE you leave the tarmac road, the hillside hamlet of Mechkralla can be reached only after an arduous three-hour trek up a mule track, itself partly paid for by the European Union to encourage tourism in Morocco's northern mountain range, the Rif. Almost as soon as the main roads and towns are out of sight, the wild, rocky landscape turns into a patchwork of verdant cannabis fields interspersed with golden wheat and hot-pink oleander bushes. Along the way, women with bright striped sashes and straw hats are harvesting the tall seven-leafed plants.

Morocco: Anger Grows In Morocco's Rif Mountains, Home Of Hash And Rebellion

Sat, 28 Feb 2004 08:00:00 GMT

Independent, 28 Feb 2004 - In the Cafe Berber yesterday business was brisk as customers sipped glasses of mint tea while two men in Adidas trainers and padded Nike sports jackets touted walnut-sized samples of the local cash crop - "kif", or Moroccan hashish. The cafe, where no visitor can sit for more than a few minutes before receiving a whispered offer of a fudgy brown piece of "chocolate", lies on the bustling main street of Ketama. A tatty and lawless enclave perched high in the inhospitable Rif Mountains of north-west Morocco, it is the centre of a cannabis industry estimated to be worth more than UKP7bn a year.

Morocco: Morocco Targets Cannabis But Production Soars

Tue, 20 Jan 2004 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Times, 20 Jan 2004 - (Reuters) - The waiter spread the word quickly around the Cafe de la Plage: "Stop rolling, cops are coming!" As the manager switched off the reggae music, customers hurriedly threw cannabis and rolling paper onto the beach in front of the psychedelically painted haunt in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

Morocco: Morocco Losing Forests To Cannabis

Tue, 16 Dec 2003 08:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 16 Dec 2003 - Cannabis production is expanding so fast in Morocco that it is causing soil erosion and the destruction of long-established forests, the UN reported yesterday. The illicit cash crop, which supplies most of the resin used by Europeans, is estimated to be worth ?7bn a year to trafficking networks. As much as a quarter of the agricultural land in the Rif, the mountainous region where the plant is traditionally grown, is given over to cannabis cultivation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says.

Morocco: Marijuana Profits May 'Fund Terrorism'

Sat, 09 Aug 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Times, 09 Aug 2003 - RABAT, Morocco -- Morocco's $3.2 billion marijuana trade is under threat in the wake of suicide bomb attacks, a report said Saturday. For a long time the Moroccan authorities have turned a blind eye to the smuggling trade that accompanies cannabis cultivation, The London Daily Telegraph reported.

Morocco: Cannabis Profits 'Funding Terrorism'

Sat, 09 Aug 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Telegraph, 09 Aug 2003 - Morocco's UKP2 billion hashish trade is under threat in the wake of suicide bomb attacks. In the green fields around the whitewashed town of Chaouen, sickles glinted in the thin morning light as farm workers cut and stacked sheaves of cannabis, reaping this year's bumper harvest.