Big Business vs Drug Dealers: The Battle Over Lebanon’s Weed Industry

Lebanon, a country that has been illegally exporting cannabis for decades, has become the first Arab country to legalize the plant for medicinal export.
Despite a collapsing economy, COVID-19 and an explosion that devastated Beirut in 2020, investors are flocking to Lebanon to capitalize upon the new laws.
VICE’s Rony Karkar explores the nuanced relationships between investors and drug lords in an unprecedented time for the country.
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  • 2:00 his wife bruh..........

    Holly MarshallHolly Marshall2 dagar sedan
  • 1:19 - "They don't want a government that they neither trust nor respect stepping into their world." they spittin the STR8 up truth

    Luqwan PatelLuqwan Patel4 dagar sedan
  • Mr ali can u send me some samples here in mumbai india i want bulk here in india for mr modi

    horizontalworldhorizontalworld7 dagar sedan
  • Ali has talked about the reality of latín América. The same happens with mexican druglords, they help people more than the gov.

    Arseth R.GArseth R.G9 dagar sedan
  • great ass weed just what the pot world needed lmao

    Gamer DadGamer Dad10 dagar sedan
  • The hash guy is a ranting moron, I couldn't help myself but to pause the video and remove myself.

    J TJ T11 dagar sedan
  • Weed is legal our government is's that easy

    F HF H12 dagar sedan
  • ٤ اسابيع قبل حظر المنتجات الزراعية اللبنانية .. الله يكون بعون لبنان

    HassaHassa14 dagar sedan
  • Daniels wife is fire

    Ashish HekreAshish Hekre17 dagar sedan
  • When he said person is guilty before even doing a crime you know he has been suffering a lot from government .

    Bablu EscobarBablu Escobar17 dagar sedan
  • This was pretty fascinating. Netflix turn this into an anime series.

    C. LincolnC. Lincoln17 dagar sedan
  • Funny thing is that this Ali guy probably supports Hezbollah, who basically controls every aspect of lebanese politics. Hypocrites.

    Elie JabbourElie Jabbour18 dagar sedan
  • I'm surprised they aren't growing poppies like middle east they grow faster and there a winter plant they can grow it and then grow weed

    Jose SanchezJose Sanchez19 dagar sedan
  • here he comes with his patented portable device.... and doesn t say how much thc this plants have.

    crack61616crack6161619 dagar sedan
  • Looks like a bunch of bunk weed. Meanwhile in Canada we are smokin the best weed known to man for dirt cheap.

    Card CutterCard Cutter20 dagar sedan
  • That lebanese investor's wife is a 274747474/10

    Card CutterCard Cutter20 dagar sedan
  • Who’s job was it to photoshop smiles on Cambodian genocide victims?

    Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams23 dagar sedan
  • Great video Vice!

    Dylan ClawsonDylan Clawson23 dagar sedan
  • seeing the banner "inside lebannons war on weed" after just saying the government legalized it. I mean how hard up are you for a more spicy story? the news of it being legal was good enough. And 2 videos by different journalist in under 2 weeks? I miss the days when the original guys actually did the investigative work instead of paying fresh new kids to go do it.

    Matthew ChristianMatthew Christian25 dagar sedan
  • It's not like these businessmen can just pull the genetics they need for their business, out of thin air. People were persecuted for untold years to cultivate and create them, ONLY TO LOSE THEM??

    dieselphienddieselphiend26 dagar sedan
  • These are some smart farmers, government bite the dust, stay away with your greedy hands from honest workers

    lupo1thewolflupo1thewolf26 dagar sedan
  • Shiat Ali ☝🏽☝🏽313

    Kalle SvenssonKalle Svensson28 dagar sedan
  • It took me 30 minutes to pinpoint this guys house: 34.129839, 36.029106 LOL!

    Mathew WilsonMathew WilsonMånad sedan
    • Ur amazing dude, how'd u do it?

      James HoomanJames Hooman20 dagar sedan

    Don BernaDon BernaMånad sedan
  • Once again a great doc. from Vice.

    theDownhillertheDownhillerMånad sedan
  • I would think that the US will be taking over the CBD trade after the millions of acres of hemp get harvested this year.

    Thermal MeltdownThermal MeltdownMånad sedan
  • A pardon is kind of useless to someone who has an arrest warrant that the government cannot or will not ever execute. If the the American guy wants the illegal hash farmers to accept his offer he is going to have to convince the Lebanese government to come down hard on illegal farmers with warrants.

    Rick BRick BMånad sedan
  • yes3ed rabak

    ملك الحريةملك الحريةMånad sedan
  • Normalizing masks is wicked.

    Freemason GovernmentFreemason GovernmentMånad sedan
  • Albano ott :D Kann man genauso gut Brokoli rauchen, würde wahrscheinlich sogar noch besser schmecken.

    MontaViewsMontaViewsMånad sedan
  • ➡️ ⤵️ B.e.S.T f'u"l'l D.a.T.i.n.G h.o.T G.i.r.L's -L-o-V-e-S-e-X---❤️😘 ..👍 !💖🖤❤️今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,. 💖🖤在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品

    Cawet MelarCawet MelarMånad sedan
  • My friends and I became glutinous 🤞

    Rocky DogRocky DogMånad sedan
  • Interesting mindset. Money over errrthang

    aimASSIST2KaimASSIST2KMånad sedan
  • these so called illegal cannabis farmers are trying to tell these guys that they export the plants to be sold and that is why legalizing it in lebanon isn't relevant but they cant say that to inciminate themselves lol

    jamaicawakajamaicawakaMånad sedan
  • 50k yacht master on his wrist lmao

    ///M///MMånad sedan
  • Well that's kind of summaries the Arab's world at every corner in the *middle east (*except to Israel).

    oriwalkeroriwalkerMånad sedan
    • no?

      Dan JDan JMånad sedan
  • The blessed medicine, i have lot's of elderly friends who can have nothing but cannabis for pain relief. It's an international disgrace that people suffer without the weed.

    Zami AdamsZami AdamsMånad sedan
  • Lebanon hash is putrid. Where is the quality control? He is literally scraping it off the ground, dirt and all. Let's not pretend that this is anything other than poor quality product that is super overpriced. This is not medicine. This is not even good hash. This is bs.

    Nik nikNik nikMånad sedan
  • When the government rigs the market the only free market is the black one Ⓐ

    The Ethicist Philosophy ShowThe Ethicist Philosophy ShowMånad sedan
  • It's a war of minds! Like this guy!

    James ConwayJames ConwayMånad sedan
  • That sheep looked really laid back.

    Mom's BasementMom's BasementMånad sedan
  • That weed is so dark problably not good for smoking

    Mauricio CoelhoMauricio CoelhoMånad sedan
  • Ayre brabbak malla video❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Mohamad JouzouMohamad JouzouMånad sedan
  • "we want to make money off of your addiction" the documentary. When are people going to see that cannabis is being used the same way that heroin or crack is, displaying the CBD products in the forefront is laughable. You're making money off the THC not the CBD, and while most people live in squalor, this guy sits in a high rise with his youthful wife and their spoiled kids... great..

    Big MufasaBig MufasaMånad sedan
    • Nah, cannabis addiction is no where near as bad as heroin or crack.

      Dan JDan JMånad sedan
  • They're going to make it unfair and only the corporate marijuana company will be able to flourish. It's like a form of economic domination, and it turns people into communists when they lash out at capitalism

    joseph prousejoseph prouseMånad sedan
  • They want to tax you and take from you. They were going without that money all this time it was illegal. Now that it's legal doesn't mean they should tax you, does it? Their marijuana business is like an ecosystem, and the government would be disrupting it and stealing from people. They did all the work, it's their home, it's theirs, leave them alone

    joseph prousejoseph prouseMånad sedan
  • I would be honored to try lebanese weed. And I know they would be so willing to share it too. These people literally want to give this weed away .. all they really want is to be sure they're going to eat and be able to provide for their families ... That is not a crime. God given plants are not criminal... This is ridiculous quite frankly. You wouldn't be able to make this stuff up.

    Eldin NukicEldin NukicMånad sedan
  • So he's not saying take the warrants off their heads, he's just blaming his victim

    joseph prousejoseph prouseMånad sedan
    • Pure evil. Seems like he's wearing a disguise lol

      joseph prousejoseph prouseMånad sedan
  • The investor is basically a human garbage bag exploiting the locals

    AdamAdamMånad sedan
  • Need to feed the family with this Mercedes S class.

    SoldaggSoldaggMånad sedan
    • Community

      Dan JDan JMånad sedan
  • in U.S more than 15 States legalized this Medicinal Herbs, in Israel they used this as a Medicinal also for the Senior Citizens, so, is there any illegal used of this Herbs, who said that this is illegal?

    hakim solanahakim solanaMånad sedan
  • Daniel pretty much the guy trying to capitalize on ali's business is lucky to come out alive from the dealers property.

  • Lebanon hashish ❤️

    Jonathan Labrecque PoirierJonathan Labrecque PoirierMånad sedan
  • Can you please release the video with slower subtitles? Doesn't give us enough time to read it without going onto the next sentence... ty

    Arnold. SArnold. SMånad sedan
  • so...coloniozation?

    Nadia IdhenNadia IdhenMånad sedan
  • The way that farmer was talking about the Lebanese government is exactly the way United States government is

    MR MikeMR MikeMånad sedan
  • 2:12 his wife is perfect! Like I can't imagine a woman being more beautiful than that

    JosipJosipMånad sedan
  • Because the government personnel are working in cooperation with exporting the weed outside the country and of course, they get paid.

    A. I.A. I.Månad sedan
  • I think Vise is becoming an international drug cartel I mean aficionado.

    A. I.A. I.Månad sedan
  • Who else wants all these drug addicts to die asap

    Jose 8AJose 8AMånad sedan
  • El tiene razón, si fuera legal y pagara impuestos menos ganaría el y repartiría menos a sus trabajadores mientras que las ganancias van a los bancos, eso es lo que Putin condena, el capitalismo salvaje, el político no funge como "servidor publico" si no como "inversor", y el "capital" del mercado mina los puestos de trabajos con ""tecnificación" y trae mas desgracias que beneficios, tanto sociales, económicos, ambientales y hasta de discriminación por que empezarían a "estudiar" y solo meterían personas de una casta, NO DEJAN DESARROLLARSE, en México disque la van a legalizar, se meteran las tabacaleras a comprar mas tierra acabarla y meter todas las ganancias a los BANCOS.

    killermcbiagiokillermcbiagioMånad sedan
  • 710Labs would say thats tier 7 🥴

    HashiforniaHashiforniaMånad sedan
  • interesting angle, Long Live Lebanon!✌

    Davidnumber23Davidnumber23Månad sedan
  • Hashish is one thing and canabis groung husk mix with sinthetic canabinoids is something else. In the old days just between 5% to 10% of the top parts of the plant will be use to made hash. Now they use eveything. What a shitty product

    Anibal GarciaAnibal GarciaMånad sedan
  • lebanon red inc !!!!

    34ey5 drift34ey5 driftMånad sedan
  • This is medicine. let them produce.

    Lorenzo CarmagnolaLorenzo CarmagnolaMånad sedan
  • Basically the little man vs the corporate bullshit as usual.

    Gaunjaguy420Gaunjaguy420Månad sedan
  • Thats great news.

    sk8andguitarssk8andguitarsMånad sedan
  • A raging covid problem. LoL 😂

    Ray SRay SMånad sedan
  • Lebanese blonde and red hash is only surpassed in quality by the Afghanistan Black hash ! Cheers

    Ronald FranklinRonald FranklinMånad sedan
  • American businessman- comes to poor company, could help the people. Instead scalps them because people will do anything at any rate for food

    ScumBagScumBagMånad sedan
  • B.e.S.T f'u"l'l D.a.T.i.n.G h.o.T G.i.r.L's - L-o-V-e-S-e-X--- .❤️ PRIVATE : !💖🖤❤️今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,. 💖🖤在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木 來調味g食物煮的時候

    Mini DivaMini DivaMånad sedan
  • Lebanese hash used to come here in the 70s in an Arabic stamped cloth. It was the best!

    USlisa50USlisa50Månad sedan
  • 🔥🔥

    Aniket MurkuteAniket MurkuteMånad sedan
  • Probably one of the few decent things in the world.

    Special-T-419 On Urban DictionarySpecial-T-419 On Urban DictionaryMånad sedan
  • Lebanon hangover

    BawaSaNyaBawaSaNyaMånad sedan
  • Lebanese hashish is some good stuff. Not quite on the level as some Nepalese but still great stuff. Really wish we could get legit hashish in the US.

    Chris WincekChris WincekMånad sedan
  • "No law will ever be worth the paper it's written on," is such a great phrase.

    AnnoyingmousAnnoyingmousMånad sedan
  • If they take ganja out of the hands of rastas then Africa 🌍😤 will rise

    Justin EloffJustin EloffMånad sedan
  • Plastic, fuel, cloth, etc. All from hemp. Lots of products to help the Lebanese🙏💖👍 You guy's deserve some positive news and joy. Bless ya from Australia🙏💖👍

    NobodyNobodyMånad sedan
  • I like Ali. Seems like a cool guy

    Adam RayAdam RayMånad sedan
  • لككك أنا ☝️☝️☝️ لاااا بالحكووووومة ولا الدولة 🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣😂

    mido 0902mido 0902Månad sedan
  • One of the best Vice documentary I’ve watched.

    TheGreen0arrowTheGreen0arrowMånad sedan
  • I want to watch more

    ExGo 4 ITExGo 4 ITMånad sedan
  • Delta 8 is lit

    Nammo ShawkatNammo ShawkatMånad sedan
  • It’s ridiculous that any vegetable should become illegal, all it does it turn farmers into drug dealers and build a rift between the government and the people

    Greg McBGreg McBMånad sedan
  • So Lebanon 🇱🇧 is basically becoming or has become Mexico in the aspect you have “Families” with ties to growing weed and they fight with other “families” for control and now that it’s legal this “families” are gonna go up against big business they will hire private contractors that actually have military training to defend these crops from the families that would want to damage their crops It truly is the Wild West of the Middle East

    Rubencito KunRubencito KunMånad sedan
  • You lost me at CBD is the miracle molecule.... *hard eye roll* this guy want to flip snake oil for big bucks

    irie1tesirie1tesMånad sedan
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      Christine Helm EllerChristine Helm EllerMånad sedan
  • The best weed in the word is grown in BC Canada period !

    ontheedge33371ontheedge33371Månad sedan
  • Lebanese people don’t trust their government. I feel like them also ( Nigerians) 😢

    Mmesoma EbohMmesoma EbohMånad sedan
    • Everyone don’t trust there government 💀🚶🏽‍♀️

      Iyiola AbosedeIyiola AbosedeMånad sedan
  • Yes my friend it is fucking money growing on a tree

    A.M.Gamboa FFLA.M.Gamboa FFLMånad sedan
  • CBD is a hepatotoxin. It definitely is not a miracle drug in fact it’s the opposite. THC is the miracle drug but it’s illegal so some dipshit decided to take another cannabinoid that was legal and make it the new trend. Go luck with liver damage.

    Ian GarciaIan GarciaMånad sedan
  • You guys should come to Morocco we have the best Hashish in the world and we at 2nd biggest produced hash in the world after afghanistan.

    khalil FreeMankhalil FreeManMånad sedan
  • It’s sad that the drug dealers know how to rule Lebanon more than the government

    sam ssam sMånad sedan
  • That testing device may as well be a fortune cookie 😂 wtf to know info about it you need an advanced lab not a plug in phone thing wtf...

    charbel marouncharbel marounMånad sedan
  • Private Security

    ANDREZ TANDREZ TMånad sedan
  • Seriously I can’t make any rhyme or reason to what goes on in Lebanon 🤷🏼‍♀️

    BeckyBnycBeckyBnycMånad sedan
  • The medicinal needs a purchaser in other nations and there is no such need. The illegal growers have endless customers, nothing change.

    Victor DalecarliaVictor DalecarliaMånad sedan
  • And yet the UK still keeps it illegal

    Marcus EdwardsMarcus EdwardsMånad sedan