Tag: marijuana
Macedonia 07.08.20 | 10:40

Police foil attempt to smuggle 200 kg of marijuana at Blato border crossing

Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle 200 kg of marijuana at the Blato border crossing between Albania and Macedonia near Debar. “The drug was found in a vehicle with Albanian register plates,” the Peshkopi Police Commissariat said in a press release. “It had been intended for the drug market...

Macedonia 30.06.20 | 12:47

Fishing boat transporting 200 kilograms of marijuana seized on lake Ohrid

Ohrid lake patrols have seized a major shipment of 200 kilograms of marijuana that was being transported on a fishing boat. A single smuggler was operating the boat that was intercepted around midnight, near the Sateska river, east of Struga. The smuggler abandoned the drugs and fled. It is believed...

Macedonia 11.06.20 | 09:53

Inspector who ordered a police raid against opposition leader Mickoski had drug charges against a close family member dropped

The Infomax news site reports on a recent drug charge involving the family of the inspector that ordered a police raid against opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski. Meri Proja Prodanovska caused a shocking incident last week when, as SDSM party appointed head of an inspection office, she ordered a police...

Macedonia 28.05.20 | 17:55

The mother of assaulted marijauna legalization activist disputes her version of events

The parents of Monika Risteska, a marijuana legalization activist and social media starlet, dispute her claim that she was attacked and savagely beaten by her father. In a statement, her mother Kristina, who was reportedly also attacked, disputes the claims, and says that her daughter is a troubled woman....

Macedonia 27.05.20 | 11:03

Skopje man arrested for beating up his wife and marijuana legalization activist daughter

A man from Skopje was arrested yesterday for beating his wife and daughter. Stojan Risteski is the father of Monika Risteska, who is an activist for marijuana legalization. The daughter, who also promotes herself on social media under the name Monique Konopova, posted photographs of her bloodied face...

Macedonia 15.05.20 | 18:40

Scandal: Government uses its executive power to give a marijuana growing licence to an SDSM official recently sentenced for cigarette smuggling

VMRO-DPMNE spokesman Dimitar Arsovski strongly condemned the move by the SDSM led Government to use its powers under the coronavirus state of emergency, to issue yet another licence for the planting of a marijuana plantation. The recipient of the approval is Pero Stojcev, son of Boro Stojcev, the former...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 17:11

Spasovski approves the opening of five new marijuana plantations

Interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski signed five new approvals for opening marijuana plantations. Even though he runs a caretaker Government whose only task is to organize elections, the expansion of the marijuana trade in Macedonia remains a priority for the Government whose former Prime Minister...

Macedonia 03.02.20 | 22:56

Adviser to Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce arrested on drug charges

A police patrol arrested an adviser to Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce on a drug charge in the Skopje city park. The police identified the arrested man only as G.G., but confirmed that he is employed in the Healthcare Ministry. The charge is for marijuana use.

Macedonia 24.01.20 | 14:59

Janusev: Zaev allowed the opening of dozens of new marijuana plantations who now sell drugs on the black market

VMRO-DPMNE Secretary General Igor Janusev accused Zoran Zaev and his SDSM party of allowing dozens of new marijuana plantations to open across Macedonia, and of allowing the growers to sell dried marijuana buds on the black market, instead of using the plants for cannabis oil extraction. In just two...

Macedonia 23.01.20 | 21:49

VMRO will reveal a scandal related to Zaev’s marijuana business

VMRO-DPMNE will reveal evidence about Zoran Zaev’s marijuana business tomorrow, party spokesman Dimitar Arsovski said. We are talking about a serious scandal, linked to the proposed new drug law, which the Government wants to tailor to its private needs, Arsovski said. The Zaev family is the biggest...

Macedonia 20.01.20 | 14:49

VMRO: Zaev rejects a proper law on state prosecutors because he wants to protect his marijuana business

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev said that he will begin his talks on the law on state prosecutors with the eight former members of VMRO-DPMNE in the Parliament. Zaev is trying to adopt the law, which requires a two – thirds majority in Parliament, the same way he rammed through the name change –...

Macedonia 17.01.20 | 15:49

Dimovski: Marijuana plantations might be granted strategic investment status

SDSM through the Law on Strategic Investments, which was adopted at yesterday’s session, wants in the election period, as a political body composed of politicians with typical political decisions to give benefits to already obviously agreed deals, without rigid criteria with well-known firms and...

Macedonia 16.01.20 | 17:00

Another company from Cyprus begins marijuana production in Macedonia

The crowded Macedonian marijuana market, dominated by companies linked to the former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, has a new entrant. GM Light Medical from Cyprus received approval to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes, in an order signed by Oliver Spasovski, who took over as interim Prime Minister from...

News 26.12.19 | 13:23

VMRO: Zaev wants to push the bill benefiting his marijuana business through Parliament

VMRO-DPMNE reveals that one of the dozens of laws which are clogging the work of the Macedonian Parliament as it should be preparing the early elections is the bill that allows exports of dried marijuana. The opposition party and investigative journalists warned that this law is meant solely to benefit...

Macedonia 03.12.19 | 17:35

Zaev’s marijuana business comes under scrutiny from the public, but not the investigators

Days after the arrest of controversial Serbian large scale marijuana producer Predrag Koluvija, there is still no action on the Macedonian side where he held extensive business interests. Koluvija was arrested for growing marijuana meant for the illegal market, and not for cannabis oil production he...

Macedonia 29.11.19 | 11:02

Serbia arrests major marijuana producer linked to Zaev

Serbian businessman Predrag Koluvija, who is a major cannabis oil producer, was arrested after marijuana meant for illegal sale was found in his farm. Koluvija is also working with Macedonian businessmen, at least one of whom is close with the outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his family marijuana...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 17:24

Geroski: Zaev’s main priority is to save his marijuana business

At a time when the Government faces a major international crisis, with its failure to translate the imposed Prespa treaty into an approval to open the EU accession talks, it is preparing a new drugs law. According to journalist Branko Geroski, who was key in publishing a number of corruption scandals...

Macedonia 05.09.19 | 19:14

Ohrid police arrests a ten men marijuana distribution group

Ohrid police informed that it has arrested 10 people involved in a marijuana distribution ring operating across the west of the country. During the raid, 20 kilograms of marijuana were seized, along with other drugs. According to the police, a 25 year old man was the head of the group, which undertook...

Macedonia 03.08.19 | 15:35

Police seize cocaine and marijuana during several checks at the Tetovo – Gostivar highway

Gostivar police conducted drug controls on the Tetovo – Gostivar highway on Thursday and Friday evening, and arrested eight people carrying cocaine and marijuana. Two men from the village of Gradec near Gostivar were caught carrying cocaine in their vehicle on Thursday. On Friday, the police conducted...

Macedonia 03.08.19 | 08:00

Novosti: Serbian mobsters are entering the legalized marijuana business in Macedonia

Serbian daily Novosti reports that criminals from this country are investing in cannabis growing in Macedonia, following the call from Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to develop this recently legalized crop. Without naming names, the paper quotes Serbian intelligence source saying that at least five people...

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