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Tunisia

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Tunisia is in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya. Although reliable estimates are not available, Tunisia appears to have very low rates of illicit drug use and is not central to the world's drug-distribution system. However, consumption of cocaine, marijuana, cannabis, and ecstasy is apparently increasing among Tunisia's youth. Moreover, given its location, Tunisia is also a potential transshipment site for cannabis sent from Morocco to Europe.

Most smuggling of drugs into Tunisia is for local consumption—hashish especially. Hard drugs are scarce in Tunisia. Despite a lack of information, the presumption is that traditional cannabis cultivation and consumption also continue in rural areas. The government says it has eradicated cannabis cultivation but reports continue to the contrary (before independence from France in ...

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