Monday, April 15, 2024

Belize and Marijuana

Belize has been an increasing popular vacation spot, especially in the winter months – but what about Belize and marijuana? 

A short two hour hop from Miami to the capital, this Central America country is known for beautiful beaches, authentic culture and speaking English. The Caribbean coast and snorkeling/diving are breathtaking. Eco tourism is on the climb and if you are into travel including the outdoors – this is the natural environment for you. Equipped with white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs, thriving marine life, the Maya Mountains and an extensive cave system, is a great get-away.  But what about Belize and marijuana?

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According to Anthony Mahler, Belize’s minister of tourism, over 80 percent of our business coming from the United States and Canada.  Marijuana is legal in all of Canada and in big parts of the United States.  Pubic opinion is supportive of legalization and the younger generations prefer ways to be more on the go and discreet with use.

Gen Z has drifted away from alcohol but have strongly embraced California sober and travel.  Belize is a good option for adventures. Marijjuana use is common and generally tolerated. Possession or use of 10 grams or less on private premises was decriminalized in November 2017. But, it is still technically illegal and possession can result in fines or more.

The Government of Belize announced that it was considering decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis in 2012. In October 2017, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act decriminalizing possession or use of 10 grams or less on private premises. The bill was signed into law in early November by the Governor General.

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Influential and leading government leaders in Belize have supported legalization. In 2017, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, stated, “It is time for us to stop locking up our young people for a stick of weed. The time has come for us to decriminalize marijuana smoking and prepare the necessary research to move to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes and in small quantities.”

So if you head to Belize’s white beaches and activity inlands, think about how much you are consuming, be discreet and have a great time.

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