Belize Moves to Decriminalize Marijuana

 by lucy

This year, many Central American countries have pushed for decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs.  Now, Belize is joining the list.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has appointed a committee to evaluate the decriminalization of possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana.  Currently, possession of up to 60 grams of marijuana is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by a fine of up to $26,000 as well as a potential 3 years in prison.

According to a statement released by the government, “The word decriminalization means that the treatment of the infraction will be adjusted so that most of the detriments are moved or reduced.  This initiative is driven by increasing evidence that the current legislation clutters the courts and the prison with primarily a marginalized segment of our population.”

Other decriminalization initiatives have recently been established in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia.

 

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