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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Skhirat Centre

Specialities:

Drug detoxification and rehabilitation

Contact/ address:

Skhirat Centre Meknes Morocc

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Moroccan Ministry of the Interior

The Government of Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the national strategy to fight the use and trafficking of drugs in the country. The Government of Morocco works closely with International narcotic control bodies including the UNODC, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), INTERPOL and the INCB or International Narcotics Control Board.

Apart from the emphasis on measures to prevent trafficking, the government’s anti-drug strategy also focuses on economic development, and in the case of cannabis production, crop substitution. One overall aim remains to greatly reduce the amount of cannabis cultivation in the country.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

Morocco 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

Wikileaks

Date:

30 October 2009

Internet link:

www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=09RABAT886

Publisher website:

www.wikileaks.org

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances1988

Published Authority:

UNODC

Date:

1988

Internet link:

www.unodc.org/pdf/convention_1988_en.pdf

Publisher Website:

www.unodc.org

Facts and stats

  • Traditionally it is cannabis that has been the most widely consumed drug in the country of Morocco. The country is one of the world’s largest producers of cannabis.
  • It is estimated that as many as 100,000 Moroccans are employed in the industry of cannabis production.
  • Morocco was the source of cannabis for around 30% of all countries where the drug was seized in 2003. By 2009, however, this proportion had dropped to 20%, suggesting that the country was becoming a less significant cannabis producer.
  • Morocco is an Islamic state and although more liberal when it comes to the selling of alcohol, nevertheless alcohol consumption remains low in the country and is limited mainly to foreign tourists.
  • Cannabis is consumed in the form of hashish, consumed as a pastry called ‘maajoune’ and, when smoked with tobacco, is referred to as ‘kif’.
  • According to research from 1993, out of 500 students aged between 14 and 26 in Tangier, approximately 67% had used cannabis, 11% had taken cocaine, 6% had abused heroin and 5% had taken prescription drugs recreationally at least once in the last year.
  • Frequent abuse of drugs amongst young people in the same survey was considerably lower, with 11% admitted they took drugs on a frequent basis and 19% saying they used drugs occasionally.
  • According the UN’s 1993 research, abusers of opiates tended to be mostly between the ages of 20 and 30.
  • 11% of those caught trafficking cocaine into Italy in 2008 were citizens of Morocco, representing the largest percentage of any country.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

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