Lebanon produces one of the best “illegal” hashish across Europe and the Middle East, with that being said “how”, “why” and “where” is all this coming from ?
Welcome to “Bekaa Valley” and “Baalbeck” (East of Lebanon) the locations for the most important Cannabis Fields. The fields are cultivated on very large scales, many of them using modern machinery. The fields do not only grow cannabis but all other kinds of fruits and vegetables as well. The production is very industrially oriented, tradition is not very involved in the Hash-Business. Lebanese is the third most common kind of Hash in Europe (after Morocco and Afghani). Unfortunately most of the Lebanese which was sold was quite old and dry, fresh and resinous Lebanese was sold less due to some battling that was going on between the farmers and the government.
Lebanon first launched a large-scale effort to destroy cannabis fields in 1992, shortly after the end of the civil war. The war itself was a boon for the country’s illicit drug trade, as farmers, often working with militias, grew and exported massive amounts of hashish. The crackdown on hashish cultivation that followed the conflict was accompanied by efforts to find alternative crops for local farmers, but they largely failed.
The cannabis fields remain, and farmers are still picking up automatic weapons and RPGs to defend their crops, clashing with police and the Lebanese Army, disrupting the eradication operation. They have declared a state of alert and scrutinize the movement of security forces and monitor visitors and tourists.
“We will fight them to the death if we have to because this is how we make a living. We don’t want to live humiliated,” as one of the cannabis farmers said.
“Before they destroy the crops, they need to provide us with health and security. They have to subsidize our agriculture and rid us of the middlemen and merchants who make their money on our backs, under the watchful eyes of the state and its backing,” he urges.
To conclude all of this :
- Lebanon has a climate which makes cannabis growing easier and more efficient
- Cannabis growing and making hashish is illegal in Lebanon.
- The Government, Police and Lebanese Army are not able to eliminate the crops.
- Lebanese Hashish is still produced and sold across Lebanon and other countries.
- Farmers and Lebanese people are benefitting.