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Nov 23, 2017

1 Small Step for Weed – 1 Giant Leap to Cultivation?

Reginald “Reggie” Hamilton

A persistent question being asked is, if the law can ease up on users of marijuana, what happens to those who plant fields and cultivate and sell “weed” for recreational purposes? As is evident from crackdowns by the Gang Suppression Unit and other elements of the Police Department, those persons remain afoul of the law. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte says a positive reaction to the recent changes may inform Government’s next steps. That would be a boon for Reggie Hamilton, who mentioned his hopes that it will soon not be a crime for him to “experiment” with the medicinal properties of marijuana in his various natural healing products.

 

Reginald “Reggie” Hamilton, Naturalist Healer

“I would prefer to at least have the availability to cultivate or plant my own little tree but I cannot do so because of the situation and the red tape surrounding having a marijuana tree and now having more than ten grams, per se.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“It’s illegal. If you do that you’re going to be arrested and charged. We are not there where we want to allow the public or anybody to grow or cultivate marijuana. This was a small step that we took; it is the people who smoke marijuana and demonstrate what they are doing so for, they are being very responsible and very smart in how they are doing it. Once we realize that it can be enjoyed responsibly, and once we listen to what the Commission has to say and what the input of the Belizean public is, we can go from there to take further steps. But for now, we are satisfied with that one small step that we took; it’s working. Let’s incrementally go to another step and then we will see where we go from there. We are not there yet where we believe that it’s in the best interest of the public to grow and cultivate marijuana. We are not there yet; but who knows? We may get there, depending on how people handle it, and what is the response of the public.”

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1 Response for “1 Small Step for Weed – 1 Giant Leap to Cultivation?”

  1. robbie logue says:

    We have had legal medical and now recreational cannabis legal in oregon for about 10 years and also many acres of hemp now being produced and the world has not ended! It has brought a degree of rural hope and prosperity to Oregon, Washington, Colorado and now Nevada and California. NO PROBLEMS have developed. The comment about the push back by churches is key here, as the idea that cannabis/hemp/marijuana is bad is strictly a religious belief, not a scientific one and it is based on racial prejudice . The Pope Banned hemp use in the 12 th. century so there you go. How can any free country with a democracy and a constitution make growing any form of cannabis a crime. Belize needs to look at the facts that there has been no problem with legalization on the entire U.S. west coast including Alaska, Colorado and Nevada. Belize could have an active hemp industry, even Jamaica has legalized medical marijuana to sell to tourists. How can you possibly pass up the millions in taxes that would be generated that now go in the pockets of gangs and cartels instead of the farmers and new business. As we’ll as healing sick people at low costs.
    You must understand that large states in the U.S have medical or recreational marijuana and crime rate goes down and even use by people under 21 goes down because the product is safe and controlled like alcohol. Putting people in jail for using growing or selling marijuana is a throw back to a racist and misguided policies of the past. A cannabis industry would be a economic boon for Belize yet the government as usual hold it back, but for who?

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