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Jul 2, 2021

Amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act

Kareem Musa

Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, Kareem Musa says he wants to untangle marijuana policies and expunge police records for possession of the weed.  Today, he introduced a bill for an act to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act to establish licensing, registration and operational requirements for the cultivation, processing, distribution and delivery of cannabis products for adult use.  Simply put, they want to regulate the planting and sale of the herb. Here’s how he explained it in the House.

 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Grow Industries

“This particular piece of legislation represents a controlled structured and responsible amendment that untangles the web of contradictory marijuana policies that currently exist. In 2017, both sides of this honorable house championed the decriminalization of ten grams of cannabis and the expunging of criminal records for possession but while that was a step in the right direction, what it did was to make possession legal but became irresponsible to both consumers and government coffers.  Today is a new day when we finally have a win-win; a win for propriety, sobriety and progressiveness. A win for vulnerable consumers; a win for a country that is tired of seeing our young men killing one another killing one another over an illegal trade for this forbidden medicinal plant that has become a source of war and division instead of unity and prosperity.  Today is about leaving a despotic and racist policy behind; it guarantees that the legacy of shame, inconsistencies and denial is converted to happiness, safety, job creation and tax generation, a new stream of revenue to the government and restorative justice in homes and to Belizean families who have been unfairly affected and targeted. This law is not about cannabis and not the about the gateway of fear.”


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