Synthetic marijuana arrests in Lebanon

The Lebanon County Drug Task Force made two arrests for synthetic marijuana last week and the District Attorney issued a stern warning. Jared Brandt, 26, of 1110 Guilford Street, Lebanon, was arrested on April 23rd. Police say they found a quantity of synthetic marijuana, new packaging and a heat sealer during a search of Brandt’s residence.

Brandt was taken into custody and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Synthetic Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Designer Drug as well as a parole violation. He was arraigned before MDJ Carl Garver and ordered held in the Lebanon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.


ISIS Fighters Are Buying Weed From Their Sworn Enemies

Bitter hatred and animosity aren’t stopping Shiite Lebanese farmers from selling weed to their sworn enemies — Sunni Islamic State militants — because, well, that’s business.

The Daily Beast spoke with farmers in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, supporters of the embattled Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, who are selling marijuana to Islamic State militants.

Lebanese Shiites typically support Syria’s Assad as a longtime regional ally, and the Islamic State, controlling territory in Syria and Iraq, are staunch enemies of the regime. Additionally, in Iraq, the Islamic State is fighting Iran-backed Shiite militias.


This Is Where ISIS Gets Its Weed

Most Lebanese hash is produced by Shia who are sworn enemies of the so-called Islamic State, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sell them a ton or two.

THE BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They are killing Syrians and each other at an astronomical rate but there seems to be one thing that jihadist troops and Assad allies are working together on: getting high on Lebanon’s supply.

Just across a snow-capped mountain range, in the Bekaa Valley, are weed fields tended mostly by poor, Assad-friendly Shia farmers. But business is business. They tell The Daily Beast they are selling their products to ISIS recruits, who are allegedly blazing Lebanese blond and reselling it to fund their atrocities.


Lebanese Psychiatrist Considers The Cannabis Question

Walid Jumblatt’s call for the legalization of cannabis cultivation fits into a global trend, from the USA to Uruguay



As Lebanese authorities seem to back down from their war on drugs, many are wondering if the legalisation of hashish can solve more problems than it causes.

If Afghanistan is considered the global capital for heroin and opium, than one could argue that Lebanon is global capital for hashish. Just like in Afghanistan, Lebanon has been for years in a constant battle with the state to grow the highly lucrative and illegal crop. However, with the myriad of problems that are gripping Lebanon from within and around its border, security forces have come to terms that there are bigger problems to deal with than hashish growers.


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