Macedonia is neither a major producer nor a major transit narcotics point
The Macedonian Information Agency reports (5 March 2005) that the 2004 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the US State Department has concluded that Macedonia is neither a major producer nor a major transit point for illicit drugs. The report reads, however, that the country lies along the so-called "Balkan route," which is used frequently by traffickers to ship heroin from Afghanistan, and marijuana and hashish from Albania, to the Western European consumer market. Find the full story here.
Smoking a major health issue in Albania
The South East European Times reported in June 2004 that Albanians spend about 212m euros annually on tobacco, and the country has one of the highest percentages of smokers in Europe.
Albanian Police Destroy Charity's 'Cannabis' Crops
BBC News reported in July 2001 that Albanian police destroyed hundreds of thousands of plants donated by a British charity to poor farmers which Albanian authorities claimed were cannabis. Find the full story here.
Marijuana, Mafia, and the Media in Albania
Transitions Online reported on 30 August 2004 that a conflict between Albania's largest opposition party and two of its most influential media institutions has highlighted the ongoing problems of the Albanian press.