Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After consulting with our membership, they are for the most part receptive to supporting this initiative. Our members believe that if this is well regulated and enforced it can reduce the burden on the judicial and prison systems. They did however request some information that the Ministry can provide us with such as the number of cases currently arising for small quantities, the cost to the tax payer, the impact on the limited resources, the level of contribution to the crime situation and any other information that may assist in providing an informed feedback.
There were a few suggestions, however, that they believe should be taken into consideration when the proposal is being formulated such as:
- Consequences need to be regulated for non-payment of fines and for not attending mandatory drug education.
- Drug Education needs to be defined.
- Legal possession be reduced to 5 grams.
We are essentially living in a country with scarce resources and a ballooning crime problem and we believe that this initiative is a step in the right direction towards maximizing the use of our resources.
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry stands ready to be a part of the consultative process.
Kim Aikman (Mrs.)
Chief Exeecutive Officer