It is estimated that around 80% of the marijuana available on the European market comes from Morocco, and 800,000 Moroccans make their living by growing hemp. Cultivated fields are located mainly in the northwest of the country, in the Rif mountains. Tourists rarely venture it, but what manages to reach it, they tell unusual accounts. The place is dangerous to explore. There are gangs here, and the police are not allowed.
The small mountain town of Ketama is considered the “capital” of cannabis cultivation. Although such a business is certainly illegal, it is hard to blame residents who could not grow other plants in the high mountains of Morocco because the soil is of very poor quality.
One of the accounts was published by a Polish traveler on his blog “paragonzpodrozy.pl”. He wrote that they had barely reached Ketama, the Moroccans themselves wanted to show them farms and hashish production. Everyone was very helpful and even wanted to sell them some goods.
entering, they saw green plants everywhere. There were no crops or potatoes on the slopes of the hills they passed along the way. They were all hemp crops! Right on the road, perfectly visible, the whole slopes of the valleys and slopes of the mountains! Marijuana has very little requirements and in the Rif mountains it grows practically everywhere, but I didn’t know it on such a scale!
The Moroccan who promised to show them the plantation, introduced them to his wife and children, turned on the music and sat at the table with his whip Ali and brother-in-law Khalid. “Family business,” he explained. He probably inherited his father’s job, and he did his job for hundreds of years, and his son will do the same. All the neighbors around, and actually all the inhabitants of this “city” also do the same. For several years, the king and the government, under pressure from the European Union, have been trying to fight “herb” plantations. Crops are destroyed by aircraft spraying, and subsidies are obtained for the cultivation of cereals and vegetables. So what if for 1 gram of marijuana a farmer gets as much as a few kilograms of tomatoes. “I will work like an ox and tire to grow ten kilograms of carrots, and the neighbor will plant” grass “and wait four months without doing anything, because cannabis grows practically alone and does not need care or special conditions? No way.”