Security Forces Continue Crackdown on Cannabis Fields in Bekaa

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The Internal Security Forces and Army resumed on Saturday the crackdown on cannabis fields in the eastern Bekaa.

The Directorate General of ISF issued a communique saying that 130 dunums of cannabis crops were destroyed in the village of Hermel in the Bekaa.

On Wednesday, the residents of the town of Deir al-Ahmar in Baalbek held a sit-in to protest the crackdown on cannabis in the area, deeming it limited only to their lands and some neighboring areas.

The residents also demanded the government to carry out its promises to compensate the farmers and to find alternative crops.

There are over 30,000 dunums of cannabis crops in the northern Bekaa and security forces have so far destroyed around 7,730 dunums.

The area for long has been reputed as a fertile ground for drugs. During the civil war, the drug trade thrived into a multi-billion dollar business.

Comments 2
Default-user-icon DopeHat (Guest) 22 September 2012, 19:41

Shu fadé belon hel ISF to be destroying herbs that make people happy and peaceful, while the real criminals of the country run amok from Haret Hreik to Rabyeh... Disgusting.

Default-user-icon salwa (Guest) 23 September 2012, 00:04

Cannabis or the hemp plant, an easily-renewable resource, has many uses and is being manufactured to produce many items, such as clothes, oil, housing, etc. Here in the US, where it used to be grown, it became illegal, as a result of lobbying of those who had competing products.

Moreover, a special oil, made from specific types of buds, has cured many diseases, cancer among them. Google Rick Simpson to find out more. More & more states want to legalize its medicinal use. In spain, one region is being dedicated to growing it.