From the time when he was Minister of Police and Public Safety, Douglas Singh has led the charge to a consideration of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. He said today that the effort is moving forward, but it will have to do so without him as he is now quite busy.
“It is more the latter that is entirely my friend. In fact, I have made a decision that I was pretty much the person in the committee, and I think it is time for me to step aside to leave one of the other people in the committee to take a lead. We are almost there. We have some issues; I think the recommendation has already been typed up, so to speak, and there are some presentation issues. We want to ensure that we have responses from some of the responsible parties that we had solicited this from. One of them, the arguments that stood strong was from the Unions- the teacher’s unions, to be specific. We had one that probably was the most vibrant and interesting meeting in the teacher’s union and they were very different or differing positions in that meeting; we wanted that to be articulated on play per problems so that we could probably represent their points of view in the document. It is important to do so. I think that every biddy understands that we were very responsible in the process. We have not gotten that. I think two months ago or so, the Union was very active and so its activities down south that what because it is countrywide, so many didn’t get the kind of feedback that we want. So, it’s still a matter of trying to get some help and to bring the document”.
Singh says Belize hopes to beat Jamaica to the punch on the decriminalization issue by the end of the year.