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$Five Million for Marijuana Referendum

Five million dollars, that’s how much it will cost taxpayers for the referendum on the Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Control and Licensing Bill. The monies were allocated as part of today’s supplementary appropriation bill. While an official date has not been set for the referendum, Prime Minister John Briceno says it’s best to allocate the money as early as possible.  

John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “We promised and we are complying with their request. So, in accordance with the requirements of the Referendum Act, a referendum must be held no later than September the 4th. Now in full support of this democratic process, we must, therefore, fund the cost of the referendum including all costs of the Elections and Boundaries Commission logistics and mobilisation cost. It is estimated that this will amount to $5 million dollars so that we hereby seek the authorisation of the supplementary appropriation of such sum.”

Meanwhile, Area Representative Patrick Faber shared his view on the topic today. The United Democratic Party has and will not take an official party position on the matter. In fact, it has left its members to vote with their conscience. So today, the media asked Faber for his thoughts on this issue.