Lebanon's crisis-hit farmers turn to growing hashish
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Al-Araby

For three decades Abu Ali planted potatoes to provide for his family, but Lebanon’s economic crisis has driven up production costs and forced him to swap the crop for cannabis. “It’s not for the love of hashish,” the 57-year-old told AFP in the eastern Baalbek region, the heart of Lebanon’s illicit cannabis industry. “It’s just less expensive than other crops… and allows you to live with dignity.” Lebanon is in the throes of a spiralling economic crisis compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. As the value of the local currency plunges on the black market, the cost of imported fuel, seeds, fe…

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