Lebanon's Cannabis Heartland, Bekaa, Hopes for Legalization

  • Economics
Lebanon's Cannabis Heartland, Bekaa, Hopes for Legalization

In the fields of this quiet village surrounded by mountains, men and women work clearing dirt and dry leaves from around cannabis plants, a major source of livelihoods in this impoverished corner of Lebanon.

The fertile Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon has long been notorious as one of the world's major narcotics-growing regions, producing 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 U.N.

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.

Read the full article at The Associated Press: https://goo.gl/H5fcyj

Source: Associated Press