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Mar 1, 2016

Evangelical Association Says No to Marijuana Decriminalization

The decriminalization of marijuana, specific quantities of the drug, is a topic that is once again at the forefront of public discourse.  The issue was raised on Monday by the National Evangelical Association of Belize during its annual general meeting.  It was among several presentations made before an audience of about a hundred and fifty national leaders.  Following the submission of a comprehensive report on the decriminalization process, a study conducted by a decriminalization committee headed by Chairman Doug Singh, the churches are analyzing the findings.

 

Pastor Scott Stirm, National Evangelical Association of Belize

Pastor Scott Stirm

“I did a presentation on that and so basically just to express our concerns and what we have done, we have put together a statement about our position on this and we are getting this signed by leaders from all over the nation. And we want to present that to the cabinet and our leader, hopefully we will be able to influence the situation before everything set in concrete.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Would you perhaps give us in a nutshell the position?”

 

Pastor Scott Stirm

“Sure, we consulted with leaders all over the nation and the general feel from leaders is you don’t lower the bar on consequences but yes create an alternate compassionate track for those who have maybe messed up to be able to their record expunged after rehab, reformation, steps of whatever needs to happen and then be able to sponge. So we totally share the heart of compassion and mercy towards people being able to get that mark off of their record but we feel very strongly that the lowering of the bar on consequences, once you start to lower consequences for certain behavior, you are going to see an increase of that behavior.”

 

Mike Rudon

“So could we break that down, does the church support at least some sort of decriminalization of marijuana?”

 

Pastor Scott Stirm

“No, not necessarily, our position is don’t lower the bar on consequences but create the alternative compassionate track.”

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6 Responses for “Evangelical Association Says No to Marijuana Decriminalization”

  1. MNHG says:

    IF THOSE ZOMBIE HEADS GET THE GO, WE WILL SOON BE RECOGNIZED AS THE COUNTRY OF ZOMBIES.
    CONGRATS PASTOR SCOTT, I SEE THAT YOU ARE WORKING FOR GOD , OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
    MAY ALMIGHTY GOD SET THEM FREE SOON, LET US PRAY.

  2. WTF says:

    Religious fanatics are responsible for most of the worlds problems.

  3. Jake says:

    Jamaica did it Mexico did it, as in Mexico’s case the police have better things to do than tie up the services and the poor people.
    In the USA it if fully legal in 4 states. In Colorado with tourism it ts Billions in jobs and taxes!
    Open your eyes in is 2016!

  4. ariana says:

    legalize marijuana and invest the money in supplies and education for police to collect evidence so we can get convictions for criminals guilty or rape, murder and armed robbery. or invest it in schools!

  5. Jonathan says:

    Legalize it!! Small quantities
    Pastor always takes the high road

  6. Firewalker says:

    Maybe the churches would like to start paying the cost of the prison and take the cost off of the government. Then the government can put more money into education. I bet more than two thirds of the people in there are in there for weed.

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