The Church of Georgia condemned the government’s attempts to legalize marijuana


The Holy Synod Of The Georgian Orthodox Church

At the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church the legalization of drugs has called “unacceptable”.

The issue of drug policy in Georgia was one of the main topics of discussion at the first in 2018, the Holy Synod of the GOC, reported by Gruzinform.

“Currently, the Constitutional court of Georgia considered a lawsuit to annul an administrative penalty in the case of possession of a narcotic substance – up to 70 grams of marijuana (cannabis), which actually means the legalization of this drug,” – said in the minutes of the meeting of the Synod.

In the opinion of the members of the Synod, this situation creates a basis for legal cultivation of marijuana in Georgia, which is totally unacceptable.

It is also noted that the GOC has never supported the prison to those who suffer from addiction, but in terms of total liberalization of drug policy, this process should be accompanied by tougher measures against dealers and drug distributors.

“There should be stricter measures in the direction of the illegal importation and distribution of drugs, as well as their application in areas with large concentrations of people, especially in the circle of minors”, – is told in the Protocol.

According to official data, in Georgia, for every 10 thousand people there are 29 drug addicts, of which only a small proportion (11,5%) are undergoing treatment. The most common substance is marijuana – it uses 63.9% of drugs.

In many European countries marijuana is considered “weak” drugs, the use of which is not a criminal offense.

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