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MAP - Drugnews - Lebanon

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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:04:52 -0800

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Lebanon: Cannabis Farmers Support Calls to Legalize Lucrative

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 24 Dec 2014 - BAALBEK,Lebanon: The warehouse was swirling with cannabis dust, workers with covered faces sorting the harvest that was piled in mounds. They had their hands full at the mini-factory outside Baalbek sorting through one of the largest fall harvests in recent years, one that many farmers in the Bekaa Valley see as a lifeline amid a stagnant economy.

Lebanon: Cannabis, Growth Industry Of The Syrian War

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Telegraph, 22 Dec 2014 - In Lebanon, Where All Eyes Are on a Neighbouring Country Tearing Itself Apart, a Multi-Million-Dollar Drug Trade Is Flourishing Like Never Before LEBANON'S drug kingpin watched his workers sink spades into the piles of marijuana that banked the walls of his factory, throwing the chopped plants on to machines that sifted out the top-quality hash bound for Britain's streets.

Lebanon: Surge In Lebanese Cannabis Crops As Army Looks Across

Thu, 22 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Independent, 22 May 2014 - The Syrian civil war has led to a surge in cannabis production in Lebanon as the country's army is forced to focus on security rather than drug eradication. In the BekaaValley,Ali Nasri Shamas carries a revolver by his side and an automatic rifle in the back of his car, weapons he says he's ready to use if the army moves in to try to destroy his lucrative cannabis crop.

Lebanon: Lebanon's Cannabis Farms Flourish While Army Looks

Thu, 22 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Jerusalem Post, 22 May 2014 - Hardy Crop Brings Big Profit for Farmers As Syria Conflict Diverts Troops From Drug Eradication BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) - Driving around his Bekaa Valley farmland, Ali Nasri Shamas carries a revolver by his side and an automatic rifle in the back of his car, weapons he says he's ready to use if the army moves in to try to destroy his lucrative cannabis crop.

Lebanon: Editorial: A Bitter Pill To Swallow

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 13 Apr 2014 - The latest police seizure of Captagon pills, around 12 million this time, must be commended, but until the problem is addressed at the source, the story looks set to continue, and the market will continue to overflow with the drug. Every week or so, it seems, another consignment of the amphetamine is found, whether at the airport, the border with Syria, or at the port. This latest haul was discovered at the Beirut port, and two of the four individuals arrested were port staff themselves. Allegedly headed for the United Arab Emirates, and hidden in bags of corn, this huge quantity of drugs raises many questions.

Lebanon: Lebanon Cannabis Trade Thrives In Shadow Of War

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Kuwait Times, 27 Nov 2013 - BEKAA - Lebanese marijuana grower Abu Sami is practically rubbing his hands together with glee: the Syrian conflict has paralyzed authorities at home and left the nearby border virtually uncontrolled. "This year, the harvest was abundant, and the authorities have left us alone because they are otherwise occupied," he said in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa region. In the past, the Lebanese army would descend annually to destroy some of the illicit crop, but this year the harvest has gone untouched. The area shares a long, porous border with Syria and is a stronghold of the Shiite Lebanese movement Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside the Syrian regime against a 32-month-old uprising.

Lebanon: Sidon Launches First Council To Fight Drug Addiction, Rehabilitate

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 13 Aug 2012 - SIDON, Lebanon: In light of reports of rampant drug use across Lebanon, Sidon launched Sunday a civil council to fight drug addiction. The body is tasked with developing programs to raise awareness as well as establishing a specialized drug rehabilitation center. At the ceremony to inaugurate the civil council - the first of its kind in Sidon addressing addiction - Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi said that the project "should be an example of breaking the barrier of silence and fear of addressing the problem of addiction."

Lebanon: Residents Thwart Cannabis Eradication Program In East Lebanon

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 04 Aug 2012 - BEIRUT: A sit-in by residents of Yammouneh in east Lebanon thwarted attempts by authorities Saturday to carry on with their crackdown on cannabis fields in the area. A worker involved in the eradication program was also wounded Saturday when unidentified gunmen fired at the van where he and his colleagues were on board.

Lebanon: Impoverished Villagers See Cannabis Cultivation As Lone

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Daily Star, 02 Aug 2012 - ZOUEITENIYE, Lebanon: Located 5 kilometers west of Hermel in northeastern Lebanon, Zoueiteniye is now almost a ghost town as for years its residents have migrated to Beirut and its suburbs. Many of the town's stone houses are partially destroyed and just 10 remain occupied today. Most of Zoueiteniye's original 500 residents have moved to the city as a result of the government's neglect of the village and failure to ensure the most basic living standards.