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Jul 7, 2022

Churches will Launch Anti-marijuana Campaign Ahead of Referendum

The churches and the Government of Belize are on opposite ends of the great cannabis debate, however, they are both working on a finite timeline.  The Briceño administration has drafted legislation.  It has also taken the bill through all the necessary stages in parliament, despite objection from the religious community.  Notwithstanding public discourse around the legalization of cannabis, is there sufficient time for the church to launch an offensive of its own to ensure a no vote?

 

Louis Wade

Louis Wade, Belize Coalition of Churches

“We will be putting our campaign forward as soon as the Governor General makes the writ and releases it, and we are confident that Belizeans know the damage that marijuana has done in their community and in their household. We are seeing history, we are glad to be a part of this history and we believe that it is positive history because it is the first time that any group of people has been able to work together to trigger a referendum.  This is a good time.  This is not the church forcing its opinion on the masses, this is the church leading and the nation saying yes, we want a democratic voice in the process.  And I’ve said it before and I say it again, there are many other issues that need to be put before the people of Belize in referenda.  We should not be afraid of this process because it is the purest form of hearing the voice of the people on any issue, especially on controversial issues.  I watch the media go out on a regular basis and when they poll Belizeans, Belizeans are on both sides of the issue and are very passionate about it.  I listen to the fact that the ministers themselves cannot definitively tell us whether they will win the referendum, as if the people will support them.”


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