The Churches are moving full steam ahead with their plan to trigger a referendum on the legalization of Marijuana in Belize. Their petition was launched six days ago and since then they have been able to garner seventy percent of the required number of signatures. But despite gathering over thirteen thousand signatures their attempt may just prove futile as Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa says that their request and petition are too late. Musa has gone on record numerous times to also state that the churches were consulted and were asked for recommendations. But, according to Louis Wade, who is a member of the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB), no such consultation was held and their recommendation is to kill the bill in its track.
Wade says that the Briceno Administration has discouraged their attempt to launch a petition numerous times. However, they hope that once the required signatures are gathered the government will act in good faith and allow for the exercise to take place.
The Churches aim to now gather the remaining five thousand signatures to trigger the petition in the next five days.