AFP Photo/Joseph Eid Home Latest News Lebanon News Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link On the first day of the Lebanese parliament’s legislative meeting, the government caused controversy when it legalized the cultivation of cannabis in Lebanon for medical export and industrial uses. Growing cannabis can take Lebanon out of its miserable bankruptcy and turn things around. It can bring Lebanon $1 billion/year. Since the law was not very clear, many people shared their approval/disapproval thinking that using medical marijuana was now legal inside Lebanon, which is not. Here’s how people reacted to Lebanon becoming the first Middle Eastern country to legalize cannabis cultivation. First, by asking the right questions: Will the Lebanese public have access to cannabis for medical conditions? In what form? Prescribed by whom? Does that include imported CBD and THC based pharmaceuticals? The law provides no information on this. #Lebanon ?? #cannabis_legalization— Joseph El-Khoury (@JEK_Psych) April 22, 2020 Jokes With now the cannabis legalized in Lebanon for medical reasons, Noah Zaateyr will probably becomes pharmacist. #Lebanon #Beirut— Mak (@Mak_Fadel) April 22, 2020 Lebanon is the “California of the Middle East.” Lebanon really is the California of the Middle East. They legalized the cultivation of Cannabis today ?— Abou Layla ? (@Jnoubifoo) April 22, 2020 “Is that our economy I hear flourishing?” Is that our economy I hear flourishing? Bravo #Lebanon, first Arabic country to legalise medical marijuana https://t.co/MyBP8SCMZg— Jeanine El Moghrabi (@jeaninemoghrabi) April 22, 2020 It’s the “silver lining” of the coronavirus. #Lebanon becomes first #Arab country to legalize medicinal use of #cannabis — one silver lining of #corona crisis is squeezing this sort of thing into legislation… https://t.co/zxGjsEQjS8 via @AlMonitor— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) April 22, 2020 “It was about time.” It was about time. #Cannabis legalized in #Lebanon for medical and industrial purposes. Could become of the antidotes to our trade deficit, if managed properly. #MedicalMarijuana #Beirut pic.twitter.com/3myg5n0EOJ— Elie Bassil (@ebassil) April 21, 2020 Chiming in with the facts Be aware! #lebanon has legalized the #cannabis cultivation for medical use only and not for recreational use. #education and awareness needed #medicalmarijuana #CBD #health #شرعوها— Zeina Moukarzel, MD,MPH,MHA #StayHome (@lamsalebanon) April 22, 2020 Skeptic – learning from history: Lebanon has the best cannabis in the world , however, this gold mine will be corrupted and taken over by the politicians and their entourage!— Think-Deep (@wisethinkk) April 22, 2020 This sector is already controlled by mafia in Lebanon… It will bring nothing to Lebanon just some taxes. This is the plan of Lebanon for the crisis ? Yesterday it was the oil, now it is cannabis. Lebanon needs reforms…— Julius91 (@JLincorruptible) April 21, 2020 All inspired by money hungry politicians in Lebanon to create yet another controllable revenue stream for private pockets. I don’t care about cannabis for medical or personal use. the false righteousness halo around this bothers me.— DesignSpot ⚖️ (@S3XYgear) April 21, 2020 The reactions came not just from Lebanese but people around the world were posting about it. “Lebanon beat us to this.” (USA) #Lebanon beat us to this. Lebanon. That’s hilarious. #cannabis #medicalmarijuana https://t.co/k7D1hCduQ3— Thomas Buonomo (@ThomasBuonomo) April 22, 2020 Lebanon legalizes weed before Texas does lol— Ray Romondo (@BadboyLLC) April 22, 2020 “Middle East’s 4/20 gift to the world.” (Teheran) Middle East’s 4/20 gift to the world: Lebanon’s parliament has voted to legalise cannabis for medical usage, the first in the Arab world to do so.Lebanon is already one of world’s top 5 producers, centered in the Bekaa. All eyes on Morocco now.https://t.co/RKmam0IDbT— Alex Shams (@seyyedreza) April 22, 2020 We even made the news in China Lebanon legalizes medical cannabis to draw in much needed foreign currency. #Lebanon #MedicalMarijuana pic.twitter.com/gVydLT081g— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) April 22, 2020 Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link Support our independent media! Become a Patron!