>> Hundreds of square miles of this region in Lebanon are providing a lifeline to local farmers. But it's cannabis they're growing and tens of thousands of people could be facing jail time. People in the Beqaa region say they have little choice, cannabis is less thirsty and cheaper to grow than the region's other main crops.
And farmers say they've turned to the illegal plants out of desperation. Parliament said last month they're considering legalizing its growth for medicinal use, which could change thousands of lives.>>
> Khalid Eragy says his recent crop of vegetables had suffered catastrophically from drought and that he'd consider swapping his crop for cannabis if it were legalized.>> We have been irrigating from Gahziel River, which has dried up. It has not a drop of water, even a bird can't drink from it.
>> But, for now, there's little likelihood of a rapid move towards legalization. Nearly four months after a general election, Lebanon's political parties are still squabbling over the formation of a new coalition government.