Armenia

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Location of Armenia

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.

Legislation

Drug abuse is currently not widespread in Armenia and the majority use hashish or other forms of cannabis. Opiates, especially opium, are the second most abused drug group in the country.[1]

In August 2003 Armenia rewrote its drug laws, at the request of the Council of Europe, introducing softer penalties for users which saw the standard prison sentence for users reduced from two years to two months, although fines for drug use were raised 200-fold, from approximately 9 US dollars to 1,800 dollars.[2]

Additional Resources

References

  1. Country reports: Armenia (March 11, 2011), thefreelibrary.com
  2. Armenia Goes Soft on Drugs (July 10, 2003), iwpr.net


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