Russian lawmaker calls German election outcome ‘predictable’Russian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 10:46
Russian-Chinese naval drills ‘Joint Sea 2017’ completed in VladivostokMilitary & Defense September 25, 10:29
Independence referendum underway in Iraqi KurdistanWorld September 25, 9:47
Russia and US have no plans to curtail space cooperationScience & Space September 25, 9:30
Denis Matsuev: That extraordinary idea workedSociety & Culture September 25, 8:00
Tehran's top diplomat slams 'fake' empathy from Trump for IraniansWorld September 25, 6:06
Merkel wins Bundestag electionsWorld September 25, 5:37
Expert says North Korea won’t test thermonuclear warhead in Pacific OceanWorld September 25, 4:26
Russian senator believes German Social Democrats seek to improve ties with MoscowRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 2:42
TBILISI, May 10 (Itar-Tass) - Georgia’s government is eyeing an opportunity for legalizing marijuana, Labour, Health and Social Affairs Minister David Sergienko told reporters on Friday.
“A well thought-out strategy is needed in this issue, as in some cases bans may have ricochet effects,” he said. “The fact that we are working on this issue in Georgia does not mean that we will wake up one day and see marijuana at supermarkets’ shelves.”
The talks about possible legalization of marijuana in Georgia began two years ago. In summer 2011 some Georgian newspapers wrote that “the parliament is drafting a bill on partial legalization of marijuana in recreation zones.” It was also noted that only foreign tourists will be permitted to buy and smoke marijuana in special cafes.
Newspapers wrote that Georgia planned to legalize marijuana “to lure more foreign tourists.”
In response representatives of some non-governmental organizations expressed their categorical protest, while the parliament and the government announced that “such issue was not on the agenda” and media reports are “a usual journalistic hoax.”
Under Georgia’s effective laws, for abuse of drugs, including marijuana, a person can face a fine of 500 lari (around $300) and/or a 30 day administrative detention. In the case of a repeat violation one may face up to one year in prison.