Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Belize’s federal government have introduced a piece of legislation that, if passed, would remove criminal consequences for anyone caught with 10 grams of marijuana or less.
Under the proposed guidelines, smoking in the comfort of one’s own home would also fall under the decriminalization protections, while certain instances of possession (on school grounds for example) would still warrant a monetary fine.
According to Nation News, the Barrow administration is introducing the Misuse of Drugs Act amendment to help move the country on a progressive path, a set of moral guidelines not exactly in line with the country’s politically strong church groups.
“I am excited; clearly it is only a first step and a small step, and I know there will be the naysayers; I suspect we are going to hear from the churches.” Prime Minister Barrow said. “But I feel as both a matter of conviction that it is something good to do, but also that the society as a whole will support it.”
As predicted, it didn’t take long for Belize’s church groups to voice their strong opposition to the prohibition rewrite. The National Evangelical Association of…