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Can medical marijuana revive Lebanon's ailing economy?

In the Bekaa valley, local farmers are hoping that production of medical marijuana can boost Lebanon's battered economy.
In the Bekaa valley, local farmers are hoping that production of medical marijuana can boost Lebanon's battered economy. © France 24 screengrab

Lebanon recently became the first Arab country to legalise medical cannabis. As FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris Trent reports from the ground, locals hope it can revive the country’s ailing economy.

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Lebanon is mired in an economic crisis characterised by a precipitous fall in its currency's value and runaway inflation – plunging nearly half of the population into poverty.

In the country's Bekaa valley, local farmers are hoping that their production of marijuana for medical use will boost Lebanon's battered economy.

Click on the video player above to watch FRANCE 24's report.

 

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