In 1994, the Albanian government established the “Law of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances”, and cannabis was included in the list of controlled drugs. On 27 January 1995, the criminal code of the Republic of Albania was created, and the usage, production and trade of narcotics was prohibited. Cannabis is not listed as a specific offence, however the government made it clear that it is included in the narcotics definition.
According to Article 283 of the criminal code, sale, offer for sale, giving or receiving of any form, distribution, trading, transport, sending, delivering, and keeping, excluding cases when it is for personal use and in small doses, of narcotic and psychotropic substances and seeds of narcotic plants, in conflict with the law, is sentenced to imprisonment of from five to ten years.
The code itself does not define what “small doses” means, however in 2008 the government explained that this is not an official amount, but it is only determinable on a case-by-case basis, considering who is the offender, their age and the THC levels of the single dose that they are possessing.