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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020. 6:45 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) is making tangible steps towards establishing a marijuna industry in Belize, a fact that Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa acknowledged will not sit well with Belize’s religious community.

Musa, speaking on GOB’s upcoming plans to formalize the industry, said that he feels the churches need to be realistic about marijuana use in Belize.

“Whether we like it or not marijuana is consumed on a daily basis in Belize, it is already legal to be consumed recreationally,” Musa said.  “All that we are doing is saying that we need to make it benefit our country economically.”

Musa emphasized that the churches would consider the possible economic benefit to Belize, he is convinced they would feel more comfortable about the good marijuana can do for Belize, particularly in the area of education.

“If we can put a 10 percent tax that goes specifically to education from the cannabis industry, I’m sure the churches will realize that, while we have marijuana being used recreationally, there is an opportunity to benefit from it,” he added.

Musa said that Belize will see its first stakeholder meeting on the marijuana industry by the end of January. 

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