It’s the end of a plentiful harvest for 65-year-old farmer Abo Hamoudi.

“There’s nothing but this land that can give us products,” he says.

“We don’t have anything else. We don’t have jobs and our country is poor. We grow this for our livelihood.”

[…] “They’re distracted with Islamic State and are fighting on the border. And we also fight with the army. In two days my turn to fight will come on the border between here and Syria. We fight them on the border so they don’t come inside here.”

Marijuana growers say they’ll be the country’s first line of defence against any Islamic State or Jabhat al Nusra militants coming across the border from Syria which lies about 40 kilometres from Bekaa Valley.

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