The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana In Belize

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In recent years in Belize, decriminalization of 10 grams or less of Marijuana is one of the most controversial subjects. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drug in Belize. Marijuana, since its discovery, has been used as a recreational drug by many individuals. Although Marijuana is an illegal drug in Belize, “it is very much a part of many Belizean’s lifestyles and it is use mainly by young people” (NIH, 2017). With the new amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner. Even though many people feels as though Marijuana is legal, The Government of Belize is only decriminalizing a small amount of Marijuana. “Decriminalization of cannabis is defined as removing or reducing the criminal classification or status of cannabis use” (Oxford, 1969). “Marijuana also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis Sativa” (NIH, 2017). The Government of Belize should not decriminalize 10 grams or less of Marijuana because it is harmful to the body, it can become an addiction and increased chances of marijuana falling into the hands of children. For many years scientists have conducted studies about marijuana and the different effects that it has on the mind and body. “Marijuana smoke can cause many
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