What kind of regulations does Interior Ministry intend to introduce on marijuana consumption?

14 Sep 2018 - 18:45

  • Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze has appealed to parliament to discuss the Interior Ministry’s bill on marijuana consumption in a timely manner. Photo: N.Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 14 Sep 2018 - 18:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

A bill prepared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs on marijuana consumption reads that individuals may be fined if they consume marijuana in places other than their private residence. 
The ministry is requesting a new article to be added to the Administrative Code, which would impose fines for marijuana consumption in any building other than one’s home. The bill comes in the wake of a the Georgian Constitutional Court’s legalising marijuana consumption earlier this summer. 
The bill reads that:

  •  Marijuana consumption in places other than an individual’s residence will be fined by 500-1,000 GEL. In the case of repetition the fine will be increased to 1,000-1,500 Gel.
  • Being under the influence of marijuana or consuming marijuana in the presence of a minor will be fined by 1,000-1,500 GEL. The fine for repeated violation will be 1,500-2,000 GEL. 
  •  Marijuana consumption at a workplace will be fined at a rate of 1,000-1,500 GEL, in the case of repeat violations, by a fine of 1,500 - 2,000 GEL. 
  • An organisation will be fined 1,500 GEL should no measures be taken to punish marijuana consumption at work. 
  • Illegal purchase, possession, transport or sending of marijuana in small quantities will be fined by 500 GEL. 

The bill may change when it is discussed in parliament.