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Marijuana charges

Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The Government of Belize has entertained proposals for a decriminalization of possession of ten grams of marijuana.

This puts Belize well behind regional counterparts such as Jamaica which has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana since April and anticipates a taxed and regulated medical marijuana sector. vlcsnap-2015-06-30-19h06m36s74

But here in Belize according to Doug Singh who chairs the committee leading consultations, Cabinet wants more clarity on the difference between decriminalization and legalization, and reassurances that people can tell one from the other.

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He is not sure that this further consultation will lead to an increase in the level of decriminalized marijuana.

Cabinet has supported decriminalization in principle but there is strong opposition from certain sectors including church groups.

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