Berri speaks in Baalbeck, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Lebanese cannabis can be used to produce a number of beneficial, innovative and lucrative medical and industrial products if legalized, Speaker Nabih Berri said Friday. Announcing that his Amal Movement submitted a proposal Wednesday to legalize the crop – to massive applause from a crowd gathered at an event in the eastern town of Baalbeck – Berri said international demand for the plant was surging amid a global trend toward legalization.Berri said this new state cannabis monopoly would be in charge of issuing licenses, oversight of the sector and following up on production until the crop was handed over to the public company.Serious moves toward legalization were indirectly announced in July, when Berri told U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard that Lebanon was preparing to study the legalization of cannabis cultivation for medicinal use.
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