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Chefchaouen, High with Marijuana

While hiking in the Rif mountains of Chefchaouen (the blue town in northern Morocco), I came across huge marijuana fields. Big, lush, and beautiful. The country is one of the earliest growers of cannabis and continues to be a robust producer of the plant. The product is commonly sold in resin form.

Though illegal in Morocco, marijuana is unlikely to go away anytime soon. A lot of poor farmers depend on the crop for their livelihoods. One estimate of the output is $10 billion, or about 10% of the nation's economy. Recently, there's been talk of legalizing the cultivation in some form.

When I think about marijuana, I'm reminded of an Ali G skit where he and an anti-drug government agent are at a table with a spread of illegal drugs. Ali G asks the agent about the effects of the drugs. With a serious demeanor, the agent talks about paranoia, racing heart, low blood pressure, wooziness ... 

Then Ali G asks earnestly, "Is there any negative effects?" 



  1. 10% of the entire economy? That's incredible. Imagine how much higher that would be if it were legal, too... damn.

    Jeff | HerbTools

  2. TBH, so many people have known the economy benefits and countries such as Holland have proved new approaches can work. HT

  3. This final reality concerning the seemingly much less dangerous results of marijuana smoking even as compared with authorized medication like alcohol and nicotine is most frequently the very first quoted by proponents of legalizing marijuana for its optimistic medical benefits (Dubner, 2007; Nakaya, 2007; Van Tuyl, 2007). Nakaya (2007) factors to the seemingly optimistic results of marijuana on alzheimers, most cancers, a number of sclerosis, glaucoma, and AIDS. Whereas not scientific, private experiences of the optimistic reduction of victims from persistent sickness is quoted as advantages which might be claimed to outweigh the detrimental for branding cannabis business/


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