Drug Policy Legislative Review


One more victim of Marijuana criminalization in Tbilisi


The state of Colorado success after one-year legalization

Drug Policy Georgia
Levan Jorbenadze
Legal Advisor/Attorney
January 24, 2015

Tens of thousands of people were not arrested for marijuana possession, the state has collected nearly $40 million in new tax revenue, and almost $8 million has been allocated to fund youth education and drug prevention efforts. The report of the US based non-profit the Drug Policy Alliance also gives us the significant figures regarding decrease in crime rates, a decrease in traffic fatalities, an increase in tax revenue and an increase in jobs and all since January 1st 2014 when first retail marijuana stores opened.

Here are some of the interesting highlights from the report: Decrease in Crime Rates - burglaries in Denver decreased by 9.5% and overall property crime decreased by 8.9%; Tax Revenue - tax revenue from retail marijuana sales amounted to $40.9 million between January 2014 and October 2014, not including revenue from medical marijuana and licenses and fees. Colorado joint budget committee set aside $2.5 million to increase the number of health professionals in Colorado public schools. Many of the

newly hired health workers, including nurses and social workers, will focus on mental health support and on programs to educate students about drug use. Decrease in Traffic Fatalities - challenging claims that the legalization of marijuana would lead to an increase in traffic fatalities, there opposite to show: in the first 11 months of 2014, the state had 436 traffic fatalities, a 3% drop from the 449 fatalities in the first 11 months of 2013. Youth Prevention Efforts - the state has allocated more than $8 million in retail marijuana tax revenue for youth prevention and education, mental health and community based developmental programs (read the full report).

For the first time, on November 6, 2012, two American states Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, followed by Oregon, Alaska and Washington DC. Then it took about a year to kick the process of regulations and now we hear the success stories not only from Colorado. Still some other states are already willing to follow weed legalization. At the same 2012 the full legalization also took place in Uruguay, bringing its president José Mujica a Nobel peace prize, who talked-about marijuana legalization as a tool for peace and understanding.

On June 2, 2013 the first marijuana rally “2.06” took place in Tbilisi which made history, however country of Georgia still makes no progress regarding the change of cruel and inhuman drug policy, but opposite is happening: detaining and hunting on youth and their families, crime rate rising, fighting against development and society, which finally favors the black market and causes the corruption.

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