Georgia: Constitutional Court Decision Stokes Debate on Marijuana Legalization

In 2013, Beqa Tsikarishvili was arrested for possession of 69 grams of marijuana. Faced with up to 14 years of imprisonment as a first-time offender, the 28-year-old journalist and his friends started a campaign, “Beqa Is Not a Criminal,” to protest the harsh, disproportional drug laws. (Photo: Paul Rimple)

Drug legalization advocates in Georgia have reason to cheer. The South Caucasus country’s Constitutional Court has issued a decision that prohibits the incarceration of individuals found to be in possession of up to 70 grams of marijuana.
 

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Georgia: Constitutional Court Decision Stokes Debate on Marijuana Legalization

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