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Oct 22, 2018

An Argument to Legalize Weed in Belize

John Briceño

The marijuana debate has fizzled with the decriminalization of a small quantity for personal use in 2017.  Weed smokers across the country continue to enjoy the freedom of possessing up to ten grams of cannabis without fear of prosecution, while farmers and retailers remain under close scrutiny by law enforcement for cultivation, trafficking and retailing.  With Canada being the latest nation to legalize marijuana, the issue is being raised once again, this time by Opposition Leader John Briceño who touched on the subject in his weekly address. Briceño makes an argument for the legalization of marijuana and the opportunities that can come with that move.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Thirty-two countries worldwide have some legalized form of marijuana use.  This is big news for it provides an opportunity for the creation of a new industry in Belize.  Now before I get into trouble, let me say this, I know there are some people who become uncomfortable because they feel we should not have decriminalized the use of marijuana in the first place. As a country with a struggling economy we have to open our eyes to every opportunity that can create jobs for our people.  To grow, we have to look for new and innovative industries that will allow for Belizeans to work and earn a decent living.  Today the legal marijuana industry worldwide is a hundred and forty-four billion dollar industry.  Think about it, something we burn and destroy every chance we get could earn us in the millions if we could only put the proper mechanism in place to develop it legally.”


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