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Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021. 10:44 am CST.

By BBN Staff: An article on Cannabis Tech Today, a website centered around legislation and prospects in the growing legal marijuana industry, lists Belize as one of the next countries to legalize cannabis.

Belize is listed along with Mexico, Israel, Italy, South Africa and the Netherlands.

Author Johnny Green says that Cannabis prohibition is a failed public policy wherever it exists, and that, combined with the economic benefits of a vibrant cannabis industry, is going to influence lawmakers around the globe to step up and end prohibition in their jurisdictions.

Presently, only 2 countries; Uruguay and Canada have legalized cannabis for adult use.

In 2018, the Mexican supreme court issued a ruling which deemed cannabis prohibition unconstitutional.

Since then, lawmakers are working to pass legislation to implement that decision.

In Israel, a government official noted that the country would legalize cannabis for adult-use by the summer of 2021.

Italy is seeking new ways to boost its economy and lawmakers are pushing for cannabis legalization.

In South Africa, their highest court issued a ruling to strike down prohibition.

And by the end of January, Belize will hold a cannabis legislation stakeholder meeting to begin the effort to legalize cannabis. The author says that since it is a process it is unlikely that the country will legalize it in 2021.

The Netherlands is engaged in a pilot program to craft cannabis industry regulations for adult use.

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