Albania Declares Itself Marijuana-Free

Albania says its campaign against the drugs trade is going well with most of the marijuana plants in the country being destroyed.

Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said 99.2%, or 690,000 cannabis plants in 44 hectares (109 acres) seen on aerial maps, have been destroyed so far this year.

Mr Tahiri said drug growers had moved to high mountainous areas to plant cannabis, using small planes to take it abroad. 

"The fight against drugs knows no end," he said. "It has a high cost and it is extremely difficult, but it continues."

The southern European country is a major producer of the plant and the authorities started their fight against the drugs trade last year.

Police have so far destroyed about 550,000 cannabis plants and 102 tons of marijuana with an estimated market value of €7bn (£5.5bn) - representing more than two-thirds of the country's annual gross domestic product.

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