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Belize: Editorial: Decriminalization: Are We Prepared?

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 03 Aug 2012 - With the passing of July, the window of opportunity for members of the public to give their opinion on decriminalization to the Special Committee on the decriminalization of marijuana passes with it. The Committee will now sort out all the information it has, and make a recommendation on whether or not G.O.B. should proceed to decriminalize marijuana.



Belize: Decriminalization of Marijuana: A World Issue

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 27 Jul 2012 - Whether marijuana is glorified by musicians, scorned by churches, revered as a religious sacrament or outlawed as a drug, the only constant about marijuana is that it is a topic of constant conflict. A prevalent problem in the marijuana debate is that policy makers and public differ in their opinions about whether or not the plant should be classified as a "drug".



Belize: GOB May Set New Policy On Marijuana

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 20 Jul 2012 - The Ministry of National Security announced this week that it will be looking at a proposal to make it a misdemeanor, instead of a criminal offence, for persons to possess up to 10 grams of marijuana. Persons found with marijuana in small quantities (less than 10 grams) would be required to pay a fine, but would not be sent to jail, under the new proposal.



Belize: Editorial: On Cannabis

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Amandala, 20 Jul 2012 - We're an independent country, 30 years and running. So theoretically we should be able to decide our own policies and programs. Sadly, we don't always. Sad truth, we can't always - geopolitical realities, economic constraints, and so on. It is, therefore, a welcome thing when we do. The decision by the government to consider the decriminalization of marijuana is a bold and long overdue move. And while in the United States decriminalization of marijuana has been picking up steam over the last few years, and Argentina and Mexico just a few years ago approved a similar initiative, Belize, we believe, would be the first country in the Caribbean to so do.



Belize: Editorial: Marijuana

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 20 Jul 2012 - The Marijuana Trade Is Big Business in Belize! The empirical evidence seems to suggest that more than 30 percent of the population currently use or have used marijuana as a recreational drug. A sizable portion of that average use marijuana on a daily basis, as a stimulant, and are addicted to it.



Belize: Editorial: A Pretty Good Country, But Endangered

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Amandala, 21 Aug 2008 - "Lawyers are also allowed too much leeway to play with the system and if the price is right, find loopholes to get some very guilty criminals back on the street." Belize is a pretty good country. Two indications of this are, firstly, the fact that, unlike other Third World countries, we don't live with the threat of the military coming out of their barracks to take over government, and secondly, our various ethnicities have healthy working relationships.



Belize: Corozal Police Shot for Trespassing on Ganja Farmer's

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 07:00:00 GMT

The Reporter, 27 Oct 2006 - A Corozal policeman is recovering from a gunshot wound he received during a police raid on a marijuana plantation. Police constable #515 Joseph Gilharry, was shot in the left shoulder during an anti-drug operation conducted on the Consejo road on Friday last. He was part of a team patrolling the area around 5A.M. when they discovered the marijuana field.



Belize: US Cuts Programs In Belize, But Keeps Anti-Drug Program

Wed, 02 Jul 2003 07:00:00 GMT

Belize Times, 02 Jul 2003 - The United States of America has decided to discontinue military aid to 35 countries of which 6 are CARICOM nations including Belize for not signing Article 98 agreements constituting the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC was created, with US consent under former President Bill Clinton, under a 1998 United Nations treaty to prosecute those responsible of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against nationals of countries unwilling or unable to try the cases.