Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2021. 1:21 pm CST.
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By Shyne Barrow: As a legislator, I would support the right amendment to the constitution to legalize marijuana.
Any such legislation must include expunging all marijuana related offenses and guarantee employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for those in impoverished communities who have had to use the marijuana trade as means to feed their families for so long and have suffered the most from draconian prohibition laws.
The United States House of Representatives on December 6, 2020 passed a bill to legalize marijuana federally and the President elect of the United States as well as his Vice President have gone on record in support of legalization of marijuana federally.
Marijuana is legal in 35 states in the U.S. with $13.6 billion in revenue projected to grow to $100 billion by 2030. Our neighbor in Mexico & our North American neighbor in Canada have legalized marijuana with great economic and medical benefits.
Legislation to legalize marijuana is long overdue in Belize and would reverse the failed policy of criminalizing marijuana which would take steps to address the heavy toll this policy has taken in particularly on poor communities.
Hon. Shyne Barrow
House of Representatives
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