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One more victim of Marijuana criminalization in Tbilisi

 
 

Constitutional Court's Judgment on Sowing, Growing and Cultivation of Weed

Drug Policy Georgia
July 19, 2017

Constitutional Court of Georgia declared unconstitutional the imprisonment for illegal sowing, growing and cultivation of weed up to 266 gr. The judgment (#№1/9/701,722,725) has been delivered on July 14, 2017 in Batumi, Georgia.

The case has been lodged to the Constitutional Court in December 2015 and February 2016 by citizens of Georgia Jambul Gvianidze, Davit Khomeriki and Lasha Gagishvili v. Parliament of Georgia. The applicants had been incriminated for different amounts of weed, up to 266 gr. The weed in the amount of 266 gr is the largest one and for the largest amount of narcotics plantsí (among them weed) sowing, growing or cultivation, Article 265 of the Criminal Code of Georgia provided imprisonment for a term of six to twelve years.  

Yet one more judgment about Marijuana but now for sowing, growing or cultivation is still based on and is a violation of Article 17, section 2 of the                           

Constitution, which provides: No one shall be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. 

Constitutional Court's judgments in shaping drug policy of Georgia is significant at a time when parliament in this fall also considering the reviewing of the draft package in changing the law for decriminalization of all drugs, which has been submitted to parliament by National Drug Policy Platform. Many different cases still are pending in the Constitutional Court for decriminalization of all drugs and the hope for changing the cruel policies in a litigation way, which can be one of the most sustainable changes than the political will or promises of any of the political parties.

 
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