Albania’s prime minister promises to legalize medical-cannabis growing

The country previously held the dubious distinction of having one of Europe’s biggest illegal cannabis trades

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Reuters reports that Albania’s prime minister, Edi Rama, promised to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. Thanks to a massive, industrial-scale outdoor-growing operation in the town of Lazarat, Albania previously held the dubious distinction of having one of Europe’s biggest illegal cannabis trades.

A police crackdown shuttered the Lazarat operation in 2014, but illicit cultivation of cannabis subsequently spread across the rest of the country. According to the PM, however, the government has a handle on things now.

“Illegal cultivation is completely under control,” Rama told reporters in an online news conference. “This is the third or fourth year of consolidation. We plan to pass the bill in this session of parliament.”

One of Europe’s poorest countries, Albania has a parliamentary election scheduled for next year. Cannabis legalization, and the promise of new jobs resulting from it, could appeal to many voters.

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