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Morocco, the world’s largest cannabis producer

In a report published last month by UNODC, Morocco remains the world’s largest cannabis producer, with 47,500 ha of cannabis cultivation in 2018, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.

According to the same document, entitled “2020 World Drug Report”, the majority of cannabis of Moroccan origin destined for Europe is first shipped to Spain, the main country of departure, before being delivered to other European countries.

Morocco and other African countries have also become transit countries for cocaine destined for Europe in recent years, according to the United Nations agency. While Morocco is the country supplying cannabis on European territory, West Africa, for example, is an important transit area for cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe.

That is evidenced by the large seizures of cocaine in West Africa and Morocco, as well as in Africa as a whole, in recent years. In detail, cocaine seizures in Africa increased from 1.2 tons in 2015 to 3.3 tons in 2017 and 5.6 tons in 2018. Large numbers of seizures have also been made in Morocco.

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