Albania Grapples with Cannabis, a Hurdle to EU Accession

As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

Morocco may be the leading source of cannabis resin, but mountainous Albania is the main supplier of herbal cannabis trafficked to the European Union, says the bloc’s law enforcement agency, Europol.

Despite Albania’s attempts to crack down on the illicit but lucrative trade, recent international reports said the scourge is yet to be brought under control – and that the criminal gangs behind it are escaping justice.

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— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 21, 2017

Until a month ago, Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party was threatening to boycott Sunday’s election (25 June). It accused Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama of colluding with cannabis...

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