A cross-border investigation by journalist Kostas Koukoumakas on the illegal and legal cannabis economy, through reporting in Greece, North Macedonia, and Albania.
Parts of the investigation have been published in "BBC News", "VICE" and also in the newspapers "DIE ZEIT" and "Courrier International".
In this podcast, you will listen to the original audio excerpts, unpublished material, and fresh interviews covering the latest developments on the issue.
Suggested listening mode: Start with episode 1 (Albania) and continue in succession to unravel the thread of the investigation as it actually moved forward.
4. How many angles does the "Balkan cannabis triangle" have?
More than a year after the completion and publication of the investigation, Kostas Koukoumakas revisits it in a discussion with the producer of the podcast, Panagiotis Menegos,
3. North Macedonia
The investigation concludes in North Macedonia. Kostas Koukoumakas visited several facilities of facilities with secured certificates, spoke with investors and security officials, the Minister of Health and patients/activists.
The investigation returns to Greece. Kostas Koukoumakas, speaking to activists and legal growers, highlights the grey area that still exists despite the recent amendment of the bill.
The investigation starts at the Greek-Albanian border. In a patrol of the Narcotics Squad outside a village in Ioannina, but also across the border, in Albanian territory, where Kostas Koukoumakas talks to illegal growers and businessmen.