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Lebanon's hashish equation: If farmers gain, does Hezbollah lose?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For generations, residents of the impoverished flat plain of the northern Bekaa Valley have been cultivating cannabis. The illegal enterprise has earned modest incomes for farmers but immense fortunes for the dealers who buy the cannabis in bulk and export the product to lucrative markets in Europe and the Gulf. To defend their illicit crops, the fiercely independent Shiite tribes of the northern Bekaa do not hesitate to resort to arms when the Lebanese Army and police arrive with their bulldozers. read more


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