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Government laying groundwork for marijuana industry in Belize

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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020. 7:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Keeping with a sentiment Prime Minister John Briceno expressed leading up to this year’s elections, the Government of Belize (GOB) is proceeding with plans to formalize a cannabis industry in Belize.

Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa explained today that, GOB is planning to be transparent and accountable from the outset of the industry, and will be holding its first stakeholder consultation sometime between the middle and end of January 2021.

Musa explained that the economic potential in the cannabis industry can be seen throughout the world and that it is already a practice in Belize, though the laws surrounding the possession use, and sale of marijuana can be confusing.

“So what we do have in place is recreational use of cannabis with no way of growing it or purchasing it,” Musa said.

Musa added that GOB will be receiving consultation services “free of cost” from Alex Lavin, CEO, and co-founder of Growth Industries a US-baed manufacturer and seller of cannabis products. Musa stressed that, since Belize is still new to the industry, what the country needs most is expertise to help guide the creation of policies and strategies, and legislation.

“We as a country, we have been bystanders in this industry, we have been spectators, so to speak, watching the world pass us by in terms of progress in the cannabis industry many countries taking advantage of the opportunities arising,” Musa added.

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