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Georgian court abolished punishment for marijuana consumption
12:39, 25 December 2016
Georgian court abolished punishment for marijuana consumption

A public campaign demanding the decriminalization of drugs became active in Georgia in recent years

12:39, 25 December 2016

Press service of the National Police

The Constitutional Court of Georgia has satisfied the claim of the Ombudsman on the abolition of the articles of the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offences, providing for the penalty of imprisonment for the consumption or purchase of marijuana for personal use in small amounts, "Interfax-Ukraine" reported.

"The Constitutional Court of Georgia considered that the rule on the use of small amounts of marijuana, as well as the acquisition, possession and manufacture for personal use, repeats the meaning of already recognized unconstitutional norm and recognized the disputed provision to be unconstitutional," the press service of the court said.

It is noted that the claim was based on the fact that the penalties provided for in such cases were excessive and insulting the dignity of man.

In recent years, a public campaign demanding the decriminalization of drugs has become more active in Georgia, protests demanding the abolition of criminal liability for the consumption of cannabis and other soft drugs have been increasingly carried out. In turn, the authorities say they are ready to change the current legislation, taking into account international experience and the reforms in the field of drug policy.

According to official data, the most common drug in Georgia is marijuana - it is used by 63.9% of the total number of drug addicts.

Related: Clashes between supporters of legalization of marijuana and police in Georgia

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