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‘Not a free for all’, says Attorney General

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017. 10:15 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, a bill to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act was presented in the Senate.

In their presentations, Senator Mark Lizarraga and Senator Osmany Salas questioned the measures that will be installed in Belize to assist with counseling of members of the public who abuse marijuana.

In his presentation, Attorney General Micheal Peyrefitte explained that the amendment is not a “free for all”. According to Peyrefitte, it includes provisions for people who are caught on school campuses to be charged for trafficking.

He further explained that the bill is in no way an encouragement for people to begin smoking weed. He told the senate that the bill is simply to allow for adults who already smoke weed, to do responsibly.

 

There is no outcry from the business community, nor the Business Senator, against cigarettes. Children in schools smoke cigarettes too; where is the outcry? They drink alcohol, where is the outcry? So then what is the problem – what is the real problem with marijuana, why is there a fight against marijuana? And we are not saying or engaging in any free-for-all here,” he added.

The AG mentioned that there is no study to indicate that people perform less at work when they smoke marijuana.

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