Georgia Eases Penalties on Possession of Marijuana

by Admin on January 25, 2017

Penalties on cultivation of the plant is still up in the air

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In a landmark ruling, judges in Georgia have ruled that possession of marijuana for personal use is no longer a criminal offence and called the law itself “unconstitutional”.

According to a report by The Guardian, the ruling came during a case involving 27-year-old Beka Tsikarishvili who was arrested in 2013 for possession of 65 grams of cannabis which he claimed was for his personal use. Tsikarishvili faced up to 14 years for the offence which his lawyer argued infringed on his human dignity.

The judges agreed and decided to scrap the incarceration law for buying, smoking, and carrying small amounts of marijuana calling it “unconstitutional”.

The report states that possession as well as cultivation of the drug with the intent to sell still carries a lengthy sentence. However the court will open proceedings on the latter to decide whether the penalties are too harsh.

“Public pressure was a major factor behind the court’s ruling,” said David Subeliani, the leader of White Noise, a regional group campaigning for the decriminalization of all narcotics to The Guardian.

However, people still face a 500 lari fine if they test positive for THC in their urine.

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Gabriel B January 25, 2017 at 10:41

Thailand has been talking about legalizing weed for years now. Will it ever happen? No one knows. My friend recently got busted for possession of marijuana in Thailand and ended up in jail where they cut off his waist long dreadlocks.

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