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Georgia may legalize marijuana

2013-05-13 12:12

Georgian government is considering the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana in the country. This was announced on May 10, by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare David Sergienko, the News-Georgia reported.


According to him, "in this issue they need a sound strategy, since the introduction of bans in some cases is fraught with the opposite consequences." "The fact that the work in this direction is underway in Georgia does not mean that one day we will wake up and marijuana is being sold in supermarkets," said the Minister.

As recalled by the ITAR-TASS, in the summer of 2011, a number of Georgian media reported that the Parliament was preparing a bill on partial legalization of marijuana in the resort areas. According to media reports, the decriminalization of marijuana use was planned "in order to attract even more foreign tourists to Georgia."

In response, representatives of public organizations then expressed categorical opposition. And the Parliament and the government declared that "this issue was not being considered."

Under the current Georgia law, the use of drugs, including marijuana, is punishable. Convicted of the offense for the first time must pay a 500 lari fine or gets sentenced to 30 days of administrative arrest. In the case of re-arrest, detention time is increased up to 1 year.

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