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Philip Morris has Never Been involved in Any Policy Discussions Around Consumption of Marijuana in Georgia

On 30 July 2018 the Constitutional Court of Georgia declared unconstitutional the administrative responsibility for private use of marijuana.

Mr.Bakhturidze responded to the ruling with a statement implying that Philip Morris in Georgia has been involved in “lobbying of “marijuana legalization in Georgia”.

This statement is wrong. Philip Morris has never been involved in any policy discussions around consumption of marijuana in Georgia. Contrary to speculations, Philip Morris has never been engaged in any business related to production or distribution of marijuana products. Moreover, Philip Morris has no plans whatsoever to enter into that business, as has been publicly stated by Mr. Louis Camilleri – Chairman of the Board of Philip Morris International Inc. during the Annual Shareholders Meeting.
We are deeply concerned by the libelous statement of Mr. Bakhturidze and reserve the right to take necessary legal actions to protect our good name.”