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Attorney General to Churches, “Step up or shut up”

Posted: Saturday, November 4, 2017. 3:13 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte has challenged the churches opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana to either run for political office or refrain from criticizing the new legislation.

Peyrefitte, following the ascension of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill into law this week, said that the churches are objecting simply for the sake of objecting. He added that the pastors representing the churches have no moral high ground to be making any judgments against marijuana users, and feels that they should stick to preaching.

“You are a pastor, be a pastor. You want to be a law maker, then you come and you be a law maker. You offer yourself to the people,” Peyrefitte said.”… for those who want to yelled and talk from the cheap seats, come down, put your name on a ballot, run for office and then you can pass the laws you want or repeal the law that we just passed. Until then just shut up.

He noted that government considered all of the information during the public consultation period including the concerns that the churches raised and ultimately decided that decriminalization was the right thing to do.

With the passage of the law, adults can smoke marijuana within the confines of their home and carry up to 10 grams of marijuana on their pockets without fear or prosecution. Peyrefitte stressed that children should not use marijuana and that adults should not take marijuana into schools.

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