Members of the Lebanese parliament this week passed a resolution legalizing the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes alike, a move that has been years in the making.
Newsweek reports that under the new law, which passed parliament on Tuesday, “farmers would be regulated within the country,” though it “would not legalize marijuana for recreational use.”
“Instead, it would allow for the plant to be grown for export for medicinal and industrial purposes,” according to Newsweek. “Under the new legislation, Lebanon would also aim to foster a new legal industry producing cannabis pharmaceutical items, including wellness products and CBD oil. Industrial products, such as fibers for textiles, could also be produced from the plant.”
The proposal was brought before Lebanon’s parliament last month as a bid to help lift the country’s tattered economy that has been damaged even further by the coronavirus pandemic. The law that was drafted and put before parliament would not address that longstanding market, but would instead establish an entirely new one.
“We have a competitive and a comparative advantage in the cannabis business,” parliament member Yassine Jaber told Al Jazeera at the time. “Our soil is among the best in the world for