Republic of Georgia Could Legalize Marijuana

The government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia is considering legalizing marijuana, the country's Labor, Health, and Social Affairs minister said Friday.

"As far as drugs are concerned, ban-related mechanisms very often entail a ricochet effect, which means strengthening and development of other directions and etc.," David Sergeyenko told the local Novosti-Georgia news agency. Dealing with drugs requires "a well-considered strategy" and "the legalization of marijuana could be a part of it," he said.

But don't start torching up in Tbilisi just yet, Segeyenko said.

"The fact that we are now discussing this issue does not mean that we will wake up one day and see marijuana at supermarkets. Of course, it will not happen this way," he said, leaving unclear just exactly what he did envision.

Under current Georgian law, people convicted of illegal drug possession face up to a year in jail, a fine, or community service.

This isn't the first time there has been legalization talk in Georgia. In 2005, the head of the Georgian Council for Drug Policy, Tamara Sirbiladze, called for marijuana legalization, saying it could "reduce the number of drug-related crimes."

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not all it seems

apparently this news has got slightly lost in translation - Georgia are looking to decriminalize possession rather than legalize and regulate. Still great news, but not quite as ground breaking as initially thought.

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Historic Emnity

They're only doing it to annoy the Russians. 

This matter became a volatile

This matter became a volatile one in the past couple of years. And there are real solutions now. You have to convince as many politicians to promote weed and harder punish the other drugs. This is the way. It sounds weird but this way Marihuana is finally going to be decriminalised. Because it's just a lighter form of alcohol. That doesn't cause half of alcohol effects. The paranoia is because some perceive it as wrong and can be stopped with vitamins!!! From fucking fruits and vegetables ;)

The whole reason marijuana is

The whole reason marijuana is illegal is the tax issue. Much like alcohol and tobacco, if a person can make/grow their own to supply their use, the government can not tax it. If marijuana were to be made legal, it is not a difficult plant to grow... and anyone that could put a post-it note on their bathroom mirror to remember to water it would be able to grow it and not pay a tax. Quality of product may not be high by everyone growing, but it would still cut into tax revenue.

kid

Do not think it should be legalized at all…..sorry folks! What cause the accidents and deaths of people of any age…..drugs and alcohol. Can see drivers driving their cars…thinking "hmmmm! where am I now? Oh what's that? O darn it! It WAS a kid……. denis

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