Lebanon becomes first Arab country to legalise cannabis

Lebanese legislators approved a law legalising the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and industrial use.

The decision, which makes Lebanon the first Arab country to legalise marijuana growing, offers economic incentives for the debt-ridden state.

It makes the state the sole proprietor for trading cannabis, which has been grown illicitly for decades in Bekaa, in the east of the country.

Lebanon’s Parliament approved the bill in its session on Tuesday, despite opposition from Hezbollah representatives.

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