Jumblatt in joint statement: legalise hash in Lebanon

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt walks in the courtyard of his ancestral home in Mukhtara, Lebanon, on Januray 16, 2010Lebanon’s controversial and outspoken Druze leader Walid Jumblatt called in a “joint statement” on Twitter Saturday for the cultivation of marijuana to be legalised. “It’s time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so,” the veteran politician wrote in Arabic on his Twitter account. Jumblatt, long famed for his blunt manner and role as Lebanon’s kingmaker, became an instant must-follow after opening a Twitter account. According to cannabis growers in Lebanon, the conflict in Syria has turned the state’s attention away from the problem at home and boosted traffic with the border now less secure.

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