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May 4, 2022

Shyne Discusses UDP Position on Cannabis Referendum

On Tuesday, Orange Walk Central caretaker Denny Grijalva, himself a religious leader, presented a little over six thousand signatures on behalf of the United Democratic Party. It was part of a concerted effort undertaken by the churches to trigger a referendum on cannabis legalization. Grijalva joined the Belize Council of Churches, as well as the National Evangelical Association of Belize, in presenting the petitions to the Governor General. This morning, Party Leader Shyne Barrow spoke briefly on the U.D.P.’s position on the possible referendum.


Shyne Barrow, Leader of the OppositionShyne Barrow

“As far as the referendum is concerned, the United Democratic Party did offer our support for the churches if it is in fact that they feel that the way to decide this pressing matter was through a referendum.  I personally support the legalization of marijuana, but the United Democratic Party is not monolithic, it‘s not homogenous.  We have a diverse pool of personalities and beliefs and I believe that this an issue where there is room for distinct opinions and beliefs.  I have no difficulty with Mr. Grijalva participating in his passion for the referendum is not homogenous.”

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