Lebanon legalizes cannabis farming for medicinal use

  • Although growing the plant is illegal in Lebanon, cannabis has long been farmed openly in the fertile Bekaa Valley.
  • Parliament’s decision was really driven by economic motives, nothing else, said Alain Aoun, a senior MP in the Free Patriotic Movement founded by President Michel Aoun.
  • The move would bring revenue for the government and develop the agricultural sector while legalizing cultivation which was in any case going on illegally, he said.

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