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Nov 23, 2017

A.G. Says New Law Didn’t End the World

Michael Peyrefitte

Closer to home, how have things been going since marijuana decriminalization went into effect on November first? Very well, according to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, who told us that the effect of the law depends on responsible parents and adults to show the way. There is admittedly some lagging in other aspects of the legislation, such as drug counseling programs and specific laws on handling of minors with marijuana but the A.G. assures that this will soon be remedied.


Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“It seems to me that from the reports I’ve been getting – from the police, from the streets, from everybody – it is going smoothly. Contrary to what the naysayers and people who were swearing that the apocalypse would occur, it has gone very, very well. The people who are responsible – responsible parents who consume marijuana and even people who are not parents – have decided to consume it responsibly. So it is going very smoothly and certainly the world has not ended. We are hoping that – and we are still in the process of writing regulations to deal with the youths and young people that want to smoke marijuana and can’t or won’t be allowed to by law. We hope that we don’t need to write regulations because we are hoping that people will respect and understand what it is for. But we are still writing the regulations, we are still putting the institutional structures that we have to, to deal with those who fall through the cracks; but I must say the way it is proceeding so far, it has been a tremendous success. We like the law that has been put in place; hopefully, the views that will be expressed to the Commission today, we can use some of those views to benefit locally, how we can make it better or to tweak it to a level where we can say we have a well-seasoned piece of legislation that address people who want to smoke their marijuana responsibly who are adults.”

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1 Response for “A.G. Says New Law Didn’t End the World”

  1. Dr. 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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