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.
The October 24 decision has created a degree of legal uncertainty: possession rules have been eased, but it remains a crime to use marijuana. Parliament will need to make some changes to the Criminal Code in order for it to conform to the court’s decision.
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