US highlights Morocco’s "impressive inroads" in reducing cannabis cultivation

Destroying cannabis fields

WASHINGTON - The United States highlighted Morocco's anti-drug efforts, saying that the Kingdom "has made impressive inroads in reducing overall cannabis cultivation."
"Morocco has made significant efforts to combat the production and trafficking of narcoticsm," said the State Department in its 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)released on Wednesday.
As part of these efforts, the report noted that the amount of land devoted to cannabis cultivation in Morocco has fallen by 65 percent from 2003 to 2010.
It says that the Government of Morocco employs a multi-faceted strategy that couples law enforcement, crop eradication/replacement, and demand reduction/treatment efforts with economic development measures to erode the cannabis growing culture.
In this regard, the Department of State reported that the government of Morocco established in 2009 an integrated alternative development program in the cannabis growing regions, devoting more than 70 million US dollars and targeting 74 rural communities.
The government, which "consistently demonstrates a strong commitment to addressing narcotics trafficking issues", collaborates with European and African counterparts to combat drug trafficking, it says.