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Georgian Constitutional Court Rules Marijuana Use Not A Crime

Activists gather during a rally in support of marijuana legalization in central Tbilisi in June 2015.

TBILISI -- Georgia's Constitutional Court has decriminalized marijuana use.

The court ruled on November 30 that the use of marijuana or other forms of cannabis-based drugs cannot be considered a crime.

Georgia's existing Criminal Code defines repetitive use of marijuana and possession of more than 70 grams of dried cannabis as a crime for which individuals can face punishment that does not include imprisonment.

The opposition Girchi party has led a drive to decriminalize marijuana use.

The party has been fighting to legalize marijuana since November 2016.