Pre-election campaigning in Tbilisi streets. Photo: SPUTNIK / LEVAN AVLABRELI

11 October 2018, 10:45

Georgian opposition starts collecting signatures against marijuana cultivation and export

The "Strength in Unity" Movement has received special forms from the Georgian Parliament for collecting signatures for amending the Constitution towards banning the cultivation and export of marijuana.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 11, the Georgian government proposed to allow growing marijuana for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products for export. On September 25, the "Force in Unity" Movement turned to parliament with the initiative to impose a constitutional ban on the cultivation and export of marijuana.

On October 10, the Parliamentary Committee on Procedural Issues issued special forms to the movement for collecting at least 200,000 signatures of supporters of the ban on cultivation and export of marijuana. However, Giorgi Kakhiani, the chairman of the committee, strongly disagrees with the initiative, regarding it as "populist and absurd."

"It serves to gain certain political dividends on the eve of elections. From the legal viewpoint, it's a complete absurdity. They want to collect 200,000 signatures to the constitutional norm that will cease to exist while the signatures are collected," the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent quotes Mr Kakhiani's words pronounced on the air Georgian "Rustavi-2" TV Company.

According to his story, with the inauguration of the new President of Georgia, a new version of the Constitution will come into force, in which "this norm will just be absent physically."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 11, 2018 at 05:36 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Inna Kukudzhanova; Source: CK correspondent

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