Meet Lebanon’s Cannabis Farmers Joining the Fight Against IS

It’s the end of a plentiful harvest for 65-year-old farmer Abo Hamoudi.

“There’s nothing but this land that can give us products,” he says.

“We don’t have anything else. We don’t have jobs and our country is poor. We grow this for our livelihood.”

But Mr Hamoudi is growing an illicit crop.

He produces hashish from the cannabis plant on his one-hectare farm in the Bekaa Valley in east Lebanon.

It’s illegal to grow or sell cannabis in Lebanon, but it’s the only life Mr Hamoudi has ever known.

“Growing up, I saw my parents planting it so we continued to grow it. Not just us, all of the Bekaa grows it too,” he says.

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