up in smoke?

OK, I've been in Spain, and in Morocco, where the smell of hashish and the sight of someone rolling a hashish cigarette is quite common...but Algeria?

Apparently Algeria is moving from a country of transit to a country of consumers. A recent survey of 3000 students aged 15-16 indicated that 17% of the boys had tried marijuana (2% of the girls, who are either staying out of trouble or just too afraid to fess up).

One of the things that always strikes me about Algeria is the fact that a group of people huddled together on a dark street corner is a common and non-threatening occurence...not in any way indicative of any illicit or illegal behavior. Hopefully this won't change...

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