Albania's Interior Ministry says the country's authorities have destroyed marijuana of an estimated market value of 6.4 billion euro ($8.2 billion) this year - more than 60 percent of the country's annual GDP.
Hundreds of Albanian police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed the southern village of Lazarat June 16 after cannabis growers apparently fired machine-guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at officers sent in on a drug raid.
OK, no pun intended, but this one doesn't pass the smell test. Reuters reports all too credulously November 1 that doctors in Albania say hundreds of people have fallen ill from harvesting cannabis.
Italian police say Albania, the impoverished Balkan country just across the Adriatic Sea, is the source for vast quantities of pot entering G8 and EU member Italy.