Policy Implications of Legalizing Cannabis Cultivation in Lebanon

June 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Beirut / 12:00 p.m. in New York


Lebanon’s parliament in April passed a law legalizing cannabis farming for medicinal and industrial use for export in efforts to boost the economy and government balance sheet. A first in the Arab World.

Join LAU for a discussion around the law and what it means for drug policies in Lebanon and the region, a comparison with the US and how medical marijuana has influenced policy reform, and a look at further opportunities for research and development in Lebanon.

Dr. Mohamad Mroueh is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. In 1995, Dr. Mroueh joined the Lebanese American University as a co-founder of its School of Pharmacy, the only ACPE accredited school of pharmacy outside the USA.

Sandy Mteirek is the Drug Policy Department Manager at Skoun, Lebanese Addiction Center. For the past seven years, Sandy has advanced Lebanon’s drug policy reform aimed at improving access to healthcare, education, and social justice for people who use drugs.

Ethan Nadelmann, described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann has played a leading role in drug policy reform efforts in the United States and globally since the late 1980s.

​Nadya Mikdashi oversees development, donor relations, alumni services and strategic communications efforts for LAU in North America. She co-founded Skoun Lebanese Addiction Center, a non-profit that pioneered community-based treatment and harm reduction for substance use.

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