Lebanon’s Green Gold: The Debate to Legalize Cannabis

  • Published on:  4/15/2019
  • Lebanon is about to take a historic step for the Arab World with a proposed bill to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical use. But in the fertile Bekaa valley in Eastern Lebanon, where communities have been growing cannabis for generations, this news has not gone down well. VICE’s Rony Karkar finds out why Lebanon is so keen to legalize cannabis, and travels to the village of Yammouneh, where one of the main cannabis farming communities live, to find out why they think they’ll lose out if their livelihood becomes legal.Welcome to Weed Week 2019. Check out some of our favorite cannabis docs from over the years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwRIZ...Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICEAbout VICE:The Definitive Guide To Enlightening Information. From every corner of the planet, our immersive, caustic, ground-breaking and often bizarre stories have changed the way people think about culture, crime, art, parties, fashion, protest, the internet and other subjects that don't even have names yet. Browse the growing library and discover corners of the world you never knew existed. Welcome to VICE.Connect with VICE:Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-VideosVideos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.comMore videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideoClick here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6vLike VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/viceFollow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/viceFollow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/viceThe VICE YouTube Network:VICE: https://www.youtube.com/VICEMUNCHIES: https://www.youtube.com/MUNCHIES VICE News: https://www.youtube.com/VICENewsVICELAND: https://www.youtube.com/VICELANDTVBroadly: https://www.youtube.com/BroadlyNoisey: https://www.youtube.com/NoiseyMotherboard: https://www.youtube.com/MotherboardTV VICE Sports: https://www.youtube.com/NOCi-D: http://www.youtube.com/iDmagazine Waypoint: https://www.youtube.com/Waypoint


  • VICE 2 months ago

    The Middle East has been growing cannabis for generations, but some of Lebanon's most established farmers are wary of the latest talks of legalization. We went to the Bekka Valley to find out why what could happen if hashish goes legal. WATCH NEXT: Making Mahjoun with Ice-Water Hash -- https://www.201tube.com/video/bObwagqq0A8/video.html

  • robinsss 26 days ago

    Monsanto would benefit form Lebanon legalizing marijuana because the company could legally sell seeds to the farmers…………….………………………………………………………………….Big AG benefits from legalization

  • majnuni 1 months ago

    logan leb

  • Azim Qureshi 2 months ago

    “Humanity is priceless”

  • Joe Mc'Laughlin 1 months ago

    Made me cry when he said that.

  • Juan D Diaz 2 months ago

    I would vote for a mayor like that dude

  • Jack Small 1 months ago

    I love his song, so deep. Spread the seed and free the weed!

  • Jatarrio Whitaker 1 months ago

    Me too absoultely!

  • calstatebadboy1111 2 months ago

    I am so dumb i got high and read this as Lebron Gold. Oh well great video

  • NaderR 2 months ago

    Read about Lebanon, you'll enjoy your high.

  • D 2 months ago

    You're not dumb you just read too fast. ✌🏾🤙🏾

  • RedLeader 2 months ago

    Good documentary. Stuff like this is why I’m subscribed.

  • Progressive Rebel 2 months ago

    Ganja can be the Unification of all nations when its finally legalized worldwide

  • robinsss 26 days ago

    depends on the terms of the proposal to legalize

  • robinsss 26 days ago

    let the farmers of the world grow it to make better lives for themselves

  • cmonster6 2 months ago

    Any time you use the words government and farming in the same sentence it’s a sure bet somebody’s fixing to get screwed and prices are going to change

  • Jason Tempel 1 months ago

    polluted pesticide pot via monsanto / bayer

  • Jeorge Perez 2 months ago

    This is funny because just two days ago I was thinking about opening a smoke bar.

  • 0m3n 1 months ago

    any grower or producer of marijuana that gives it out for free to people in need of the medical properties is doing gods work

  • Well anybody can say that. But is he really saying the truth?

  • Bartok 1 months ago

    Meanwhile in Germany:People and most Political Parties: Legalize!Government's drug commissioner Marlene Mortler (her whole family is working in the beer industry): "Cannabis is forbidden, because it's an illegal drug"Also you pay around 24€ for a gram of medicinal cannabis (for comparison: It's 7€ in the Netherlands). Something's wrong here :D

  • mallubwoy 1 months ago

    You think that's weird ? Then come to India. It's the weirdest legal loophole ever, since weed is so throughouly established in our religious mythology, in places of pilgrimage , in certain states in the North the government itself dispenses cannabis through government approved bhang shops. Charas, weed , hash , bhang, you name it. But in cities it is completely illegal and if you get caught you're fucked, you'll have to bribe your way out and pay upto 300$ to get out.If you come to the south of In...

  • Slav Squench 2 months ago

    What a world we are living in... as soon as something profitable comes along for poor people, the rich and politicians grab it from their hands and give them only crumbs.

  • 567 a months ago

    They're selling a product, why should they not pay taxes like the rest of the population?

  • Louis Jolliet 1 months ago

    Very true. Regulations imposed by governments to "protect the public" are often thinly-veiled barriers of entry, in order to create oligopolies granted to big companies. Did you know that in France any seed of any kind needs to be registered in a catalogue in order to be sold? And the catalogue is dominated by like 5 major global players. In other words as a farmer in France you are almost forced to buy from one of these major players.