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Syrian War Aids Lucrative Cannabis Farming in Lebanon

With a civil war raging in neighboring Syria, Lebanese security forces are busy guarding the country's borders. In the past three years, there have not been enough troops for regular raids on illegal crop farmers. As a result, cannabis farms have flourished in the fertile Bekaa Valley in east Lebanon, with the cannabis plant squeezing out less lucrative wheat, barley and vegetable crops.   Spiky-leafed plants are the source of cannabis resin, also know as hashish, a substance that...

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