Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on 25 January to protest the conviction of actor Giorgi ‘Bakhala’ Giorganashvili on drugs charges. Tbilisi City Court sentenced Giorganashvili, who claimed police planted drugs on him, to eight years in prison. [Read more…]
An investigation into Georgian rap duo Birja Mafia, whose members faced life imprisonment on drug charges they claimed were bogus, has been halted ‘due to lack of evidence’.
The wife of man detained for ‘consuming alcohol and drugs’ has been forced to apologise to Chechen Head Ramzan Kadyrov, after she accused police of behaving illegally.
Tbilisi City Court has fined Beka Tsikarishvili, who became an icon for drug reform activists in the country, with ₾2,000 ($820) for possession of 69 grammes of cannabis. [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…]
Actor Giorgi Giorganashvili who had been detained on drug charges, was released on bail on 14 July, after tens of protesters rallied in his support the previous day. [Read more…]
A bill to soften criminal penalties surrounding cannabis passed its first hearing in Georgia’s Parliament on 16 June. If the bill is adopted, the courts will no longer sentence people to prison for planting, cultivating, purchasing, storing, and consuming cannabis. However, these actions will still be punished under the criminal code. [Read more…]
Members of the rap duo Birja Mafia, who were allegedly caught by police carrying the psychoactive drug MDMA, were released on bail on 12 June after thousands marched in support of them. [Read more…]