The country of Georgia has very strict drug laws. The penalty can be long jail sentences, suspension of driver’s license, and severe fines even for small amounts. Some are prohibited from working in certain fields, putting their livelihoods at risk.
There have been instances of random, mandatory street drug testing. If you refuse, the police can still hold you for up to 12 hours and you’re not given the same rights as a detainee – ie no right to make a phone call.
A first offense of possession of illegal drugs can result in a fine of 500 GEL ($158.73). Being caught a second time within a year becomes a criminal offense with a jail term of 5 – 20 years. There is no defined maximum fine so it’s up to the discretion of the judge. The Criminal Code of Georgia doesn’t differentiate between manufacturing, production, purchasing, storage, transportation, and reselling of drugs.
Is Cannabis Legal?
In 2018, the government relaxed laws in regards to cannabis use. It is legal to possess and use personal amounts. But you cannot smoke weed in public or in front of children. Cultivating and selling marijuana is still illegal.
Drugs Strictly Prohibited
- Coca Leaf
Drugs with Limited Circulation
View the full list here: Law of Georgia On Drugs
Necessary Personal Use of Banned Drugs
You are allowed to bring up to 31 days worth of necessary, controlled drugs for personal use. You must also carry:
- The prescription in English.
- Copy of a doctor’s license in English.
- The prescription should be signed and sealed by the doctor.
- Be sure to only take sufficient medication with you according to the number of days you will stay in Georgia.
Drugs Available Without a Prescription
- Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory agents of local dermatological use
- Antiviral medication
- Medications for ophthalmic diseases, ear drops
- Antifungal agents
- Vitamins (injectable drug forms)
- Drugs that influence metabolic processes
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (injectable drug forms)
- Drugs for erectile dysfunction
- 2 drugs for blood pressure: Papaverin and Dibazol
- Hepatoprotective agents
- Antihelminthic and antiprotosoic drugs
- Biogenic stimulants
- Anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory drugs
- Electrolytic concentrates to encourage rehydration