Lawlessness on cannabis attracts more tourists in Morocco

“Here, you smoke where you want, except in front of the police station”
Africa News
Monday, December 4, 2017

ChefchaouenIt may not feature in Morocco’s official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country. Northern Morocco is a key production centre for hashish for export to Europe, but it has also seen traffic in the other direction — an influx of European visitors heading to sample the local pleasures. While Moroccan law bans the sale and consumption of the drug, that has not stopped farmers growing vast plantations of it, providing a living for some 90,000 households, according to official figures for 2013, the most recent available. Smoking kif is seen as part of the local culture, and is largely tolerated by the authorities.