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Oct 25, 2018

Is Marijuana a Gate-Way Drug?

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has weighed in on the debate. Faber reiterated Cabinet’s position, saying that Briceño’s suggestion to legalize marijuana is a haphazard notion that can affect Belize in the international arena. The Deputy Prime Minister, however, was more receptive to the possibility of establishing industrial hemp production in Belize.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“My problem with what he said was that it was haphazard and he did not think things out clearly. I have to agree with Cabinet’s position. Of course I was a part of forming that statement that came out. That in fact just saying that we will legalize marijuana and as he put it “let’s get growing”, he is not thinking things out thoroughly. In the United States where he is suggesting where we can export to, there is still federal legislature against marijuana usage. Yes there is the fact that a few states have legalized it in their states but that’s against the federal government which we have to contend with and we know how fragile our economy is as it relates to the United States and all these potential ban that they can put on us. So we do not want to trample there just yet. But there are areas that I think are useful if he would sit and think about then we might be able to get things going indeed if it is h e is genuine is trying to advance our economy as a result of some kind of similar trade of marijuana. And that is hemp. You remember some time ago we made it perfectly legal to advance trade in hemp. I think the finer tunes of legislation need to be worked out and I think that was common grounds in Cabinet that we should start looking at that. There are medicinal value on marijuana. If there is something that we can do with pharmaceutical companies that allow us to develop our economy I believe that we should do that. I am certainly not against that but legalizing it in Belize is another story. We have to be very careful. That is a very dangerous area to thread especially as it relates to our churches, in fact our education system as Andrea pointed out. We want our young people to get to a point in their lives where they can learn and advance themselves without the use of these hard drugs. And until we can understand how to properly regulate and ensure that this will not be a burden  on our community then we should leave it alone and not be in the kind of rush that he is certainly suggesting that we ought to be in.”

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