Georgian Parliament Postpones Debate on Cannabis Cultivation Bill

Georgian Parliament Postpones Debate on Cannabis Cultivation Bill

Lawmakers put the issue on a back burner until after a presidential election that is less than three weeks away.

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October 11, 2018
Radio Free Europe
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The Georgian parliament has postponed debate on a bill that would legalize the production of marijuana, putting it on a back burner until after a presidential election that is less than three weeks away.

 

A parliament resolution issued on October 9 said discussion of the proposed legislation, part of a push to relax laws governing marijuana in the South Caucasus country, will resume in two months.

Citing lawmakers and politicians, media report that the delay is intended to separate the controversial issue from the campaign for the October 28 presidential election.

 

The influential Georgian Orthodox Church has long voiced opposition to the bill, calling on lawmakers to scrap it entirely.

 

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