Lebanon Agriculture Minister Calls for Nation to Legalize Cannabis Farming

Akram Chehayeb.
Akram Chehayeb.

Lebanon Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb on Friday called for the legalization of cannabis farming in order to allow the nation and its farmers to benefit from the revenue it could earn from exports.

“We are conducting studies on [how to] organize this type of agriculture so that it becomes monitored by the state, and thus the state can buy the harvest and export it to the countries that need it,” says Chehayeb. “This agricultural product is in demand worldwide for pharmaceutical production.”

He continues; “Instead of prosecuting the farmers, let’s find other solutions for them… The planting of cannabis must be organized to benefit the state and the industrial sector, and it is one way of helping the farmers.”

There’s no word yet on whether legislation is being drafted by Lebanon lawmakers to legalize cannabis.


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