21st Century Wire
Ask any hippie or smuggler from 1950 onwards – tales of Lebanese hashish are legendary. Today, ISIS is providing the latest twist along the Silk Road…
As the saying goes, “A breeze in Syria becomes a storm in Lebanon”.
Lebanon’s pot growers have found themselves on the frontline in their country’s defense against an ISIS surge over their eastern border.
Farmers say they are armed and ready to fight off any ISIS encroachment into the Bekaa Valley.
Already in Syria, near Aleppo, ISIS gangs have been torching cannabis fields, labeling the plant as haram, or ‘forbidden’ in their version of Islam. ISIS militants in northern Syria posted their anti-drug exploits on YouTube in late August.