TBILISI, DFWatch–A 38 year man was arrested on Saturday for growing marijuana in the northwest of Georgia.

The man is charged with illegal purchase and possession of a large amount of drugs.

Police searched the man’s house in the village Bandza, in the Samegrelo region, and found nine new cannabis saplings, weighing 3.195kg. The man kept 432,30 grams of dried marijuana and 15 dried cannabis saplings, weighing 1.496kg.

The suspect pleaded guilty.

Groups in Georgia have been campaigning for lesser sentences for using soft drugs like cannabis. A legalize marijuana march is held every year on June 2.

Parliament dithered on the issue earlier this year when discussing a proposal proposed by a pop singer turned member of parliament. The bill is still in committees.