Albania, once haven of illicit cannabis, set to legalise crop for medical use

  • Marijuana plants are seen at Ganja Farms marijuana store in Bogota, Colombia, February 10, 2016.
  • Prime Minister Edi Rama said the time was ripe for one of Europe’s poorest countries to enter the lucrative market, emulating its neighbours North Macedonia, Greece and Italy – the latter a destination of tonnes of cannabis from Albania in 2015 and 2016.
  • Illegal cultivation is completely under control, Rama told reporters in an online news conference.
  • Before Rama led his Socialist Party to a landslide victory in 2013, the lawless enclave of Lazarat on the Greek border had been freely cultivating cannabis on an industrial scale for a decade and a half, untouched by state intervention.

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