After decades of crackdowns, many farmers in the Bekaa Valley have hoped for its legalization. It is a source of great income in a struggling Lebanon.
According to independent journalist Kareem Chehayeb, it was legalized to export to pharmaceutical companies outside of Lebanon. However, any trade within Lebanon will remain illegal. Recreational use of marijuana is still illegal.
Marijuana has long been used for medical purposes as it contains CBD which comes with a number of benefits from “relieving insomnia, anxiety, spasticity, and pain to treating potentially life-threatening conditions such as epilepsy,” according to Harvard Medical School.