On Friday, the House of Representatives will meet to consider a number of bills, one reportedly being a proposed legislation to decriminalise the use of Marijuana in Belize. In 2012, a Committee known as the Decriminalization of Marijuana Committee (DOMC) was established to carry out extensive research on the issue and provide recommendations. One of those recommendations is for the de-penalization of marijuana possession for quantities of 10 grams and less. For several years, the recommendation has remained on paper but it appears the Government is now prepared to propose the necessary legislation required for changes to the law to take effect.
Should the reports be true, then we can expect that such proposed legislation will seek the support of the Opposition, so where does the PUP stand on the issue? Today we asked Opposition Leader John Briceno.
Honourable John Briceno - Opposition Leader for the People’s United Party
“I want to put on record that we in the PUP have been calling out for some time that we must decriminalize the use of marijuana, we have thousands of young Belizeans that have been put in jail that have a criminal record that have been caught with a little stick of weed, so we need to decriminalize that now as it is supposed to be ten gram, five gram or fifty gram than that is another matter that we need to be able to look at so we have been on record for some time that there must and that we should decriminalize so we will support but we need to look at the Bill before we can say we are going to support this Bill, but the decriminalization we will support.”