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Oct 20, 2017

Marijuana ease goes through but still much to settle

Marijuana users can breathe a little easier tonight, as the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act sailed through the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Both Leader of the Opposition John Briceño and Freetown area representative Francis Fonseca noted the contrary arguments raised by churches and other moral authorities against marijuana as a “gateway drug” and contributor to reduction in quality of life. But even with that, Briceño said that in his view the bill does not go far enough and that Belize should begin the journey to fully legalizing the drug. He cited some surprising benefits but also contended, as did Fonseca, that objections must be weighed against the rehabilitation of the many who have lost valuable time of their lives to imprisonment for possession of the drug and some.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

John Briceno

“My difficulty with the current legislation is that it stops at decriminalization. I feel it would have been better if we had done all the studies and made the preparations to go even further, and move toward the legalization of marijuana. While I respect the opinion of those who are against this, I believe that there are numerous benefits to legalizing the use of marijuana in small quantities. In addition to the popular argument which some members of the House have made and people like Jeremy Spooner have been pushing on numerous Facebook fan pages and other compelling arguments to change the way we think about marijuana. For example, studies have proven that adults who smoke weed lose weight, they can keep in better shape, they have a smaller waist size; they are better [with] insulin levels! (Laughs) I won’t say names but they will be…

slim, trim and fit.”

 

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca, Area Rep., Freetown

“Nobody at all is promoting or advocating the smoking of marijuana – that is not the purpose of the Bill; that is not the intention of the Bill; that is not the subject of the Bill. Nobody is promoting the smoking of marijuana. I smoke an occasional cigar but I don’t encourage anybody else to smoke cigars; and the same with marijuana – I am not encouraging anybody else at all  to smoke marijuana. It’s also important for people to understand – I think there is a concern out there that this will affect schools. The law specifically provides that persons at schools, on school campuses and the adjoining properties around schools – the gym, the football field and that sort of thing – will not be allowed to be in possession of marijuana, so the law specifically provides for schools, in ensuring that we are protecting, if you like, the sanctity of school campuses. It provides for young people under eighteen to get drug treatment and counseling. And the law as well specifically provides that possession of this under ten grams is to be done in the privacy of your residence – your private residence, or if you go to a friend’s house with their consent, their residence as long as you have consent; it also provides as well for hotels and guest houses and resorts where people can then be in possession of this ten grams of marijuana.”

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1 Response for “Marijuana ease goes through but still much to settle”

  1. really annoyed says:

    lets see what these corrupt ministers will start collect and from which all criminal elements they will do so just to get more money.plus when their stupid children start consuming the small legal dose of marijuana more than they should arguing the small amount is legal when they have taken those small amounts till they are properly drugged up n doing shit.lets hope they allow our law forces to properly n lawfully f…. them and pay for shit and not involve their stupid politician self to intimidate and twist yhe course of law.they are only gonna give our immature society another problem as no criminal will respect the law even more.hopefully when weed smokers go steal in their house properly caked up as they say, that they just turn their head the other way n overlook d situation n just blame d weed as they are already blasting our police and still not equipping them constantly n fully as they should!!progress should be both ways.not just expect the law to conform to their whimsical money making decisions.really no one looked upon anything other dan making money.people wake up.these poli-trickians are only gonna make their pockets fatter n leave us hungrier than ever as most of their terms are comming to an end these coming elections.wake up belizean who say you are law abiding citizens and not in reality hypocrites.

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