Lebanon is the first Arab country to legalize cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial use

On Tuesday, the Lebanese parliament passed a bill allowing the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial use.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese parliament passed a bill allowing the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial use. Lebanon has become the first Arab country to take this step. The outbreak has exacerbated economic problems in Lebanon, which is already suffering from a severe financial crisis
Lebanon is the first Arab country to legalize cannabis cultivation for medical and industrial use
Lebanon has become the first Arab country to take this step.
Lebanon is suffering from the worst financial and economic crisis in its history - will hashish save its economy?
The outbreak has exacerbated economic problems in Lebanon, which is already suffering from a severe financial crisis

Hopes to improve the economy

During a parliamentary session, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri and the Progressive Socialist Party (9 deputies) and the powerful Lebanon (29 deputies headed by Gibran Bassil) endorsed legalizing the cultivation of ‘Indian hemp’, according to the Anatolia Agency.

Reuters indicated that cannabis cultivation is potentially profitable for the country's economy, which badly needs foreign currencies, and in light of a financial crisis that is paralyzing it.

Opinion divided 

But the decision to legalize cannabis cultivation did not win the approval of all the parliaments and Reuters reported that ‘Hezbollah’ was one of the voices opposing the legislation.
The Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Mortada, expressed his support for the decision, and said in a tweet on Twitter: ‘With the House of Representative's ratification of the law regulating the cultivation of cannabis for medical use, the Bekaa (regions) will be facing a new phase of production of hope and economic growth.’
Also, Elias Hanakish, a deputy from the Lebanese Kataeb Party, said: ‘About 23 sessions of the Indian Cannabis Legislation Committee for medical use, which strengthens Lebanon’s role in the thriving Agro-industry around the world, while we desperately need to secure additional imports for the country and to secure opportunities Work for Lebanese youth. ‘
As for MP Ziyad Aswad, he had another opinion, as he warned against allowing the cultivation of cannabis, and he said: ‘Our council has enacted the most dangerous law on the country, cultivating cannabis or hashish. I am certainly against it… Congratulations to a new party for the youth of Lebanon’s young men with a weak state, its lax judiciary and its security an accomplice,’ according to the official agency.
On social networks as well, opinions were divided among the Lebanese about the law of cannabis cultivation, as he tweeted an account that expressed his mockery of the decision, and said: ‘The Lebanese Bekaa was feeding Rome and its grains, wheat, and bounties reached all of the Roman Empire and this was more than 2500 years ago... until it comes in our times, those who turn the Lebanese Bekaa into cannabis farms, and people use cannabis. No wonder, no wonder, and who is surprised? ‘
On the other hand, Lebanese said that the decision would represent a boost in the economy, especially if hemp was actually used for medical purposes, which would open the way for entering hard currencies.
A major financial crisis: Two years ago, the Lebanese authorities used the international ‘McKinsey’ company for administrative and financial consulting to contribute to preparing a plan for the advancement of the Lebanese economy, and proposed, among its items, the cultivation of ‘cannabis’ for medical purposes, as it provides annual profits in favor of the state's public treasury.
Lebanon currently suffers from the worst financial and economic crisis in its history, and the United Nations announced, in 2017, that Lebanon is the fourth producer of hashish globally, despite the fact that Lebanese law punishes its cultivation with imprisonment and financial fine.
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