It was also banned from cultivation in 1992, under pressure from the United States.
Fun Fact: “In 1876, the Sultan of Turkey gave marijuana to the United States as a gift. By 1880, Turkish smoking parlors were opened all over the northeastern U.S,” according to Brainz.
Cannabis cultivation in Lebanon is concentrated mainly in the valleys of the Bekaa region, one of the poorest in the country. The eastern region extends 120 km from north to south. This cultivation in Lebanon dates back to several centuries, as old as the Ottoman Empire in Lebanon.
During the civil war (1975-1990), hashish (weed) constituted a major financial source of income for militias involved in the conflict, regardless of their sects.
According to Al-Jazeera, Lebanese hashish made up around 80% of the world’s supply during the years of the country’s civil war (1975-90) when cultivation was at its peak.
In the mid-1980s, Western intelligence services estimated cannabis production at more than 1,814 tons annually in Lebanon, which at that time became one of the main centers of drug trafficking in the world.
This included, in addition to the production of heroin and cocaine, approximately $4 billion in annual profits for local drug barons.
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