Lebanon’s Cannabis Heartland, Bekaa, Hopes for Legalization

YAMMOUNE, Lebanon — Lebanese politicians are working on legalizing the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.

They say they hope to rake in millions of dollars for an economy burdened by high unemployment, low growth, and heavy debt.

Lebanon is the 3rd largest cannabis producer in the world, centered on its Bekaa Valley, long notorious for narcotics production.

The valley produces some of the finest quality cannabis, mostly processed into hashish. Today, the country is the third biggest producer in the world after Morocco and Afghanistan, according to the UN.

But the valley’s residents have rarely felt the benefits. Now they are hoping their work will soon become legal after decades of crackdowns and raids.

The Associated Press

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