Albanian police seize 3.2 tons of cannabis in major sweep, growers escape

TIRANA, Albania –  Police in southern Albania say they have seized 3.2 metric tons (7,000 pounds) of cannabis as part of a major anti-drugs operation in the Balkan country.

A statement Friday said the cannabis was found in a mountainous area near Gjirokastra, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of the capital Tirana, and that a large quantity had already been harvested.

No arrests were made, and police named no suspects.

Once a secluded communist country, Albania has become a major cannabis producer, prompting authorities to carry out regular eradication campaigns, backed by heavily armed police squads.


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.


Albania police claim destruction of all planted marijuana

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities said Wednesday they have destroyed almost all of the marijuana planted in the country, a major European producer of the plant.

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

Last year, police destroyed about 550,000 cannabis plants and 102 tons of marijuana with an estimated market value at the time of 7 billion euros ($8.5 billion) — more than two-thirds of the country's annual gross domestic product.


Eight arrested over Albania 'cannabis kingdom' shootout

Police arrested eight people overnight Saturday in connection with a deadly shootout in an Albanian village known as a "cannabis kingdom" for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

On Wednesday more than 400 policemen, supported by army helicopters, surrounded the southern village of Lazarat where an armed group -- firing from machine guns and anti-tank rockets -- had entrenched itself.

Those arrested include two brothers suspected of being directly involved in the shooting, in which one police officer was killed and two others seriously wounded, police spokeswoman Enrjeta Camani told AFP.


Jailed cannabis farmer Kristian Roulet continues to puzzle police - from behind bars

Who is the real Kristian Roulet and where on earth does he come from?

The shadowy figure snared at a major cannabis farm in a sleepy, idyllic corner ofWarwickshire remains a mystery man – even after being jailed.

Police are still not certain Kristian Roulet is who he claims to be – or about where he comes from.

The 18-year-old claimed to be French, but an interpreter pinpointed his accent to south-east Europe, possibly Albania.

Roulet has no documents revealing his identity.

What is known is that he was caretaker of a £66,000 cannabis crop that filled a modest, three-bedroomed home in Long Itchington.


Balkan Herbal Web Launch Offers Free Trial Sample of Albanian CBD Oil as Branding Promotion

DENVER, CO, April 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Balkan Herbal Industries announced its website launch this morning, inclusive of a promotional offer to website visitors for a free trial sample of Balkan Herbal Life Oil, an oil extract from Albanian cannabis, which is rumored to have some of the highest cannabadiol (CBD) content in the world.

Albanian cannabis has become a popular subject with the medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp communities in North America since the announcement of a international plans between the U.S. and Albanian government, as reported by Abeu and Tirana Observer. 


Albania's Kokedhima wants to export cannabis towards the US

The SP MP Koco Kokedhima has not forgotten his idea to legalize cannabis. "Marketwired", in an article published a few days ago writes that Albania's Socialist MP, has contacted the US officials to legalize and start the export of cannabis. 

"Kokedhima has been in touch with the Commission of Eurasian Affairs in Washington DC (CCEA), regarding a meeting scheduled to be held later this month, to discuss the next phase of this program", writes "Marketwired".


Balkan Cannabidiol Oil Benefits U.S. While Canada Hemp Products Remain Prohibited

SEATTLE, April 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Many U.S. states are changing laws on cannabis products like cannabidiol oil extract, used to treat epilepsy patients, while Canada still only allows licensed marijuana growers to sell dried crop, and be that as it may, prohibit tinctures, edibles, and oils.


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