Bekaa farmers push against eradicating marijuana growth in Lebanon

"Growing marijuana is the only choice we have"
Al Akhbar (Egypt)
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The growth of cannabis is gradually increasing in the fields in the Bekaa valley. This is mainly due to policies adopted by successive governments that neglected the agricultural sector, while the state has demonstrated a limited capacity to eradicate cannabis crops in the past, and mainly in the last two years. This has encouraged farmers, bearing losses and facing agriculture problems amid a lack of state assistance, protection, support and compensation, to opt for growing marijuana. (See also: Hashish harvest in Bekaa: The people behind the plant)