Georgia legalises use of marijuana for recreational purpose

However, storing and selling marijuana remains illegal under Georgian law.

Published: 31st July 2018 08:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2018 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

However, storing and selling marijuana remains illegal under Georgian law.However, storing and selling marijuana remains illegal under Georgian law.

By AFP

TBILISI: The Georgian Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for using marijuana but stipulated that growing and selling the drug would remain an offence.

The court ruled that the use of marijuana was "protected by a person's right of free self-development," according to a statement published on the court's website.

"The punishment for the use of marijuana contradicts... the Georgian constitution," it added.

Before the ruling, the personal use of marijuana was considered an administrative offence punishable with a fine of some $200 (170 euros).

However, storing and selling marijuana remains illegal under Georgian law.

The court also said the prosecution of people for the use of marijuana was still justified when it "poses a threat to third persons" such as "in educational institutions and some public spaces". 

The Georgian government has previously been criticised by rights activists over what they describe as a hard-line drug policy. 

In May, thousands rallied for several days in the Georgian capital Tbilisi to protest against allegedly heavy-handed police raids in two popular nightclubs where eight suspected drug dealers were arrested.

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