Cannabis: the most consumed drug in Jordan


Published: 2018-10-25 11:14

Last Updated: 2022-12-03 11:36

Cannabis is the most consumed drug in Jordan. (Leafly)
Cannabis is the most consumed drug in Jordan. (Leafly)

Marijuana is the most consumed drug in Jordan, Anwar Tarawneh, Director of the Anti-Narcotics Department (AND), announced at a workshop on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

AND has dealt with 15,216 drug-related cases since the beginning of the year, an increase from 2017, when the department handled a slightly fewer 13,950 cases.

Dealing with more cases is a positive thing, said Tarawneh, as it shows that AND has enhanced its anti-narcotic-fighting techniques and tactics, which enabled them to catch more offenders.

Out of the 15,216 drug-related cases, 2,522 involved drug dealers, while 12,694 cases involved personal drug users.

In total, 20,763 people were arrested, 1,523 out of whom were non-Jordanians.

Forty-eight percent of those involved were within the age group of 18-27. However, the number of university students involved in drug use and dealing in 2018 dropped by 41% in comparison with the previous year.

AND said that it had seized 42 million captagon pills, 136kg of the joker drug and 1.5 tonnes of cannabis.

Tarawneh noted that 95% of the drugs seized by AND were packaged and ready to smuggle out of the country.