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Marijuana Decriminalization Protest Held in Georgia

Today Protest Action demanding Marijuana Decriminalization was held in Tbilisi,Batumi, Zugdidi and Bolnisi, for the third time already.

Protesters were demanding to stop arresting people who consume marijuana and to protest forcing people to drug tests. Protests begun in 2013 and takes place annually, on June 2.

“We demand from the government not to bear criminal responsibility on consumption of cannabis as its products will be saved in small quantities for personal use and possession.”

There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation about marijuana legalization and decriminalization. The two concepts are not the same. o be clear, decriminalization of marijuana is not the same as legalization of marijuana.

Decriminalization means that a country repealed or amended its laws to make certain acts criminal, but no longer subject to prosecution. In the marijuana context, this means individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption won’t be prosecuted and won’t subsequently receive a criminal record or a jail sentence. In USA, possession of small amounts of marijuana is treated like a minor traffic violation. States that have decriminalized marijuana include Alaska, California, New York, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, and much of the Northeast.

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