The fate of Marijuana as a drug discussed at a regional level Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

The National Consultations on marijuana by way of focus groups will be held through the collaborative efforts of the Attorney General’s Ministry of Belize with and under the guidance of CARICOM’s Regional Commission on Marijuana. This will take place on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Tapir Room at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Consultations will be focused on conducting enquires into the social, economic, health, and legal issues surrounding the use of marijuana in the Caribbean, determining whether or not to change marijuana’s current drug classification, recommending possible legal and administrative conditions in the event of a re-classification, and preparing a final report to be submitted to the heads of CARICOM.

At the consultation, the Chair of the Regional Commission on Marijuana along with three other commissioners and two representatives from the CARICOM Secretariat will be in attendance. Representatives from law enforcement, legal practicing, medicine and health research, anthropology/sociology/culture, faith based organizations, NGOs, ethics, youth, and education have been invited.

Group A, the Education and youth sector, will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This group will be comprised of students from secondary and high schools, community colleges, tertiary learning institutions, and other youth bodies. Faith based and non-governmental organizations, Group B, will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The third group, medical researchers and practitioners, practitioners of alternative medicine, advocates for the use of medical marijuana, representatives from the National Drug Council, law enforcement, and legal practitioners, will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Following the Consultations, a Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the same location where the public and interested parties are welcomed to attend.