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The Republic of Georgia Has Decriminalized Cannabis Consumption
Author: Jon Hiltz  30/11/2017 - 20:08:00

The constitutional court in the Republic of Georgia ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional to criminally prosecute someone for consuming cannabis. 

This de facto decriminalization does not affect the criminal punishments that still exist regarding the purchase or sale of cannabis, but the shift allows the personal choice to consume the herb. 

“Cannabis consumption has been decriminalized today,” said Iago Khvichia, a lawyer for Girchi, a political party in Georgia that has been an integral ally in the fight against cannabis prohibition. “It will soon be decided whether [consumption] will be legalized,” Khvichia added. 

Givi Shanidze is the Georgian citizen who brought forth the constitutional challenge in order to abolish his criminal record for repeated marijuana consumption offenses. 

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