By Aaron Humes: What is the profile of those who have signed on to the marijuana referendum petition?
Some can’t believe people would be opposed to something that would supposedly reduce crime, bring jobs and stabilize society, according to proponents of marijuana legalization.
But according to Pastor Louis Wade, who has been providing short vignettes on his Facebook page of personal experiences with marijuana from petition signers, a pattern is emerging among those who have been speaking out.
“65 percent of our country lives in villages, and villages have been absolutely devastated by marijuana and by the infiltration of gangs as well as murder. And they have a clear understanding of what brought those dangers into their community, so rural Belize is very clear,” Wade told us.
He went on to note that above a certain age, people are clear about marijuana use, abuse, and ill effects.
In Belize City in particular there is what Wade termed “street knowledge” on marijuana which needs to be clarified.
As to a campaign for a possible referendum, Wade says the churches will plan that after the referendum has been presented, although he suggested that the Government has already begun its campaign.
A simple majority of the population would be needed to carry the referendum either way.