On September 12, SICAD hosted a Georgian delegation consisting of members of Parliament, Judicial Power and representatives of the civil society working in addictive behaviours and dependencies.
The meeting was marked by a very active participation of visitors who wanted to know all the scope and application of the Decriminalization Law, namely on what regards the number of users presented to the CDT (Commissions for the Dissuasion of Drug Abuse) and the available responses. The budgetary issue was also addressed in a cost/benefit perspective of the investment in the model implemented in Portugal.
During this visit, the delegation also had the opportunity to learn about harm reduction work and policies related to addictive behaviours and dependencies in our country.
The Georgian Parliament is currently discussing the adoption of a legislative initiative aimed at decriminalizing drug use, a proposal inspired by the Portuguese model, replicating all its strands. If this happens, it will be the first country in the world to do so.