On Friday, March 10, 2023, the Moroccan naval forces confiscated more than three tons of cannabis off the border city of Nador with the Spanish enclave of Melilla, in the north-east of the country, according to a military source confirmed on Saturday.
“The operation resulted in the seizure of two Go-Fast boats equipped with very powerful engines, carrying 85 bundles of shira (cannabis), with a total weight of more than three tons,” the source was quoted as saying by MAP news agency.
The agency stated that the shipment was confiscated after chasing suspicious boats that did not comply with the calls of the Navy ships.
The city of Nador is located in a mountainous and deprived area of the countryside and is the main cannabis-growing region in Morocco.
The Kingdom of Morocco is the largest producer of cannabis in the world, according to the United Nations.
Moroccan police seized about 100 tons of cannabis in 2022, and this amount is half of what was seized in the previous year, according to an annual report by the General Directorate of National Security.
In 2021, Morocco decided to legalize “the medical, cosmetic and industrial uses of cannabis.”
The kingdom is scheduled to start using cannabis for industrial purposes next November in the north-east of the country.