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Oct 20, 2017

The dos and don’ts of new marijuana stance

Both the substantive and de facto ministers of police rose in response to further outline what the amendment does and does not do. Possession of marijuana above ten grams remains a crime with the usual penalties, as is cultivation and intending to traffic. Elodio Aragon Junior, the Minister of State, made note of the fact that the amendment will help the hemp industry, as well as reducing the prison population and removing obstacles for young people in particular. Minister Wilfred Elrington added tongue-in-cheek that the euphoria induced by marijuana is false, but that the bill does offer true relief.


Elodio Aragon Jr., Area Representative, Orange Walk East

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“This amendment that is being made to the misuse of drugs act as a result it will be significant for the hem industry as this misuse of drugs act bill will exclude industrial hem from the definition of cannabis in the misuse of drugs act, so that the provisions that apply to marijuana will no longer apply to industrial hem. Industrial hem will be defined as any part of the plant of the genius cannabis sativa with a THC concentration of such amount as may be prescribes and as we all know the hem industry is a vibrant industry that has great potential for Belize. I will also like madam speaker to highlight and state what this amendment will assist to do for Belize. One it will reduce the criminalization of our young people especially the youths who smoke marijuana. It will also assist in the reduction of persons at our prisons ad it will also assist the entire criminal justice system ranging from the police to prisons. And it would in effect create a cost saving in regards to arresting, sentencing and imprisonment which we all know comes with our budgetary resources that have to be allocated to ensure that these things are carried out.”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

“It’s main effect really is to induce a false and unrealistic sense of contentment in other words people who smoke it seem to feel contented and people who are contented don’t normally give trouble. So, I have also too empathize completely and totally with the member from Freetown because really and truly this has been a piece of legislation that has been really oppressive really to the poor, poor people and in the early days when I used to canvas in the Pickstock the poor people used to be hiding these little bit of marijuana in the clothes of their children. And because the situation was so cramped in which they lived many times when they did their transaction their children was right there and it is a really unhealthy situation and for the police to come in and really deal with them have in fact really adds insult to injury. The record seem to suggest that the consumption of marijuana and the addiction to it really is a medical problem and in this day and age we know that many of these people have these allergies and you don’t punish them more, you try to furnish the with provision for overcoming it.”


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1 Response for “The dos and don’ts of new marijuana stance”

  1. Hatari says:

    Don’t worry GOB and the PD will screw this up too.

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