by Kostas Koukoumakas

A look into the economy of legal and illegal cannabis through investigative reporting in Greece, North Macedonia and Albania. Different parts of the investigation were published in BBC News, VICE and also in DIE ZEIT and Courrier International.

I realized how demonized the cannabis plant is, and how the legal growers of medicinal and industrial cannabis were -justifiably- wary of talking to me.”

The investigative journalist talks to illegal growers and visits legal plantations in Albania, Greece and North Macedonia.

He meets producers and representatives of institutions
in an effort to capture the unknown economy of cannabis and highlight the “grey areas” created by the lack of a comprehensive legislative framework for a growing and for many, gold-bearing activity.

Listen to the “Balkan Cannabis Triangle” podcast HERE