Climate change is turning the Middle East's breadbasket into a cannabis farm - Lebanon news - أخبار لبنان

Climate change is turning the Middle East’s breadbasket into a cannabis farm

Climate change is turning the Middle East’s breadbasket into a cannabis farm

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (CNN)The farmer plucks a cannabis flower from a long stalk. He presses it against his nose, inhales deeply and begins to extol the therapeutic — if not necessarily scientific — properties of his crop.

“Smell this. It smells like heaven,” says Abu Salim, who doesn’t want his real name used for security reasons. “This is the herb of happiness. My friend says that when he smokes a joint, his wife becomes a princess, the world shines, and life is beautiful!”
This is part of the heartland of Lebanese farming, once considered the breadbasket of the Middle East. It is also home to some of the region’s most conservative and controversial political groups.

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