The leader of the ruling party of Georgia spoke about the cultivation of cannabis in the country

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Imedashvili in fotomancer the ruling party of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili. Archival photoThe leader of the ruling party of Georgia spoke about the cultivation of cannabis in the country© RIA Novosti / Alexander Imedashvili the image Bank

The founder and Chairman of Georgia’s ruling party Georgian dream, Bidzina Ivanishvili, said that the production of marijuana for export could be economically very advantageous, however, if the Church and society will oppose this idea, their position will be considered.

Earlier Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said that the government is considering the legalization of growing marijuana for medical purposes and export. According to him, «cultivation of cannabis is strictly regulated». It was opposed by the Patriarch Ilia II. The Parliament of Georgia in early October decided to defer consideration of the bill for two months.

«The fact that the Patriarchate expresses concern for me is understandable, since the Georgian Church cares about the people… Discussion on the cultivation of marijuana for export will continue, and if we agree that it’s really has risks, the team of the «Georgian dream» will not go against society,» Ivanishvili said during an interview with reporters, three Georgian television stations.

According to him, the suspension of consideration of the bill in Parliament happened after the Patriarchy and the society was opposed to this idea.

«I supported the idea of the production of marijuana for export to cosmetic and medical purposes for one reason, because the most attracted to what we can get in extra exports of agriculture one or two billion dollars. Production – this is a tough question, but the reaction of our population,» he added.

Presidential elections will be held in Georgia on 28 October, this will be the last direct election of the President. The President is elected, not five years before, and six. CEC has registered 25 candidates. Participation in elections will, in particular, ex-foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili, who supported the «Georgian dream» candidate from the United opposition Grigol Vashadze, the leader of the labour party Shalva Natelashvili and the candidate of the party «European Georgia,» David Bakradze.