Georgia’s parliament has adopted a new law restricting cannabis use, five months after the Constitutional Court made consumption of the drug legal. Restrictions allow only those 21 or above to consume the drug and only at home. [Read more…]
Police in Georgia have launched a probe into journalist and civil activist Giga Makarashvili after he lit a cannabis joint live on air on Tuesday on Iberia TV. The Interior Ministry released a statement on Wednesday that while not mentioning Makarashvili, outlined the ministry’s planned new restrictions on cannabis following the legalisation of its use in July. [Read more…]
The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled on Monday that people can no longer face administrative punishments, such as fines, for consuming cannabis. The decision, which is effective immediately, comes eight months after the court abolished criminal sanctions for cannabis use.
Georgia’s Orthodox Church distanced themselves from neo-Nazi groups, at a press conference at the Patriarchate on Monday, according to Netgazeti. Announcing their plans for 17 May — International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia — the Church urged any ‘aggressive’ groups to abstain from participating in events, and disavowed neo-Nazi group the Nationalist Socialist Movement — National Unity of Georgia. [Read more…]
Thousands of people rallied on 12 May against the nightclub raids and police violence, demanding the PM and Interior Minister’s resignations. [Read more…]
Masked police raided two popular Tbilisi nightclubs, Bassiani and Café Gallery under the pretence of detaining drug traffickers on the night of 11 May. Police forcibly removed club-goers from the venues and clashes ensued. [Read more…]
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Tbilisi on 10 December after parliament delayed hearings for a draft law that would decriminalise drug use in the country. Activists have accused the authorities of needlessly delaying procedures. [Read more…]
A number of minor opposition parties and drug reform advocacy groups have directly accused Georgia’s authorities of blame for the reported poisoning of at least 10 people, with one dead at the GemFest music festival. They argue that the government’s strict drug laws meant that drug users do not know what substances they are taking, and are unable to verify them. [Read more…]