Demiraj: 4.5 Tons of Cannabis Seized since May 22

Demiraj: 4.5 Tons of Cannabis Seized since May 22

Through a Facebook post Minister of Interior Affairs Dritan Demiraj announced the results of his new policy against drug trafficking and cultivation in period May 22 to June 8. In October last year Minister Demiraj expressed himself in strong terms about the problem of the cannabization of the country: Look at what capacity we have […]

European Drug Report: Increased Cannabis Production in Albania

European Drug Report: Increased Cannabis Production in Albania

According the recently published European Drug Report, increased cannabis cultivation is changing cannabis trafficking routes into the European Union: Recent reports indicate changes in cannabis trafficking routes, with increases in the trafficking of both herbal cannabis and cannabis oil from the western Balkans, notably Albania, linked to increased cannabis cultivation in those countries. At the same […]

Doris Pack: Cannabis and Criminal Officials Put Albania at Risk

Doris Pack: Cannabis and Criminal Officials Put Albania at Risk

Chairwoman of the EPP’s Women’s Forum Doris Pack declared today that the spread of cannabis across the country and incriminated figures in office pose a risk to Albania. During a meeting in Brussels with Women’s Forum’s Board, Pack stated: Albania is currently experiencing a real madness. The cannabis cultivation is spreading throughout the country, thus there’s a […]

Drug Action Plan, Old Wine in New Bags

Drug Action Plan, Old Wine in New Bags

Last week, the Council of Minister approved the Action Plan against the Cultivation and Trafficking of Cannabis 2017–2020. It appears that the primary motivation for this plan is the Draft Progress Report of the European Commission from 2016, as mentioned in the second paragraph of the executive summary of the Action Plan. Let us, however, for […]

Europol: Albania Dominates European Cannabis Market

Europol: Albania Dominates European Cannabis Market

According to Europol’s annual “Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment,” Albania remains the main source of cannabis for countries in Europe. Whereas last year, in the 2016 report, Albania was merely one of the main producers, together with Serbia, Bulgaria, and Kosovo, this year it appears that Albania has consolidated the market and has become the […]

Albania, European Capital of Cannabis

An article by Giovanni Masini published in Occhi della Guerra relates the recent story of the surge in cannabis cultivation, the “boomerang” of Lazarat, and a police “paralyzed by corruption.”

Minister Manjani against Minsiter Tahiri: cannabis cultivation is frightening

Minister Manjani against Minsiter Tahiri: cannabis cultivation is frightening

Justice Minister Ylli Manjani (LSI) talked last evening to Sokol Balla about the future of the ruling government coalition, drug cultivation, and the judicial reform. With regard to the coalition between the Socialist Party (PS) and the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), Manjani stated that the LSI has been given the “unfair burden” to respond whether it wants […]