AG tells churches to “shut up”

By Benjamin Flowers

Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, has called on the pastors opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana to either offer themselves for political office or keep from making any negative criticisms about the passage of the new legislation.

Peyrefitte, speaking after the asencion of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, challenged the pastors who have been vocal against the move to decriminalize marijuana to do more than criticize, noting that their criticism was unwelcomed. He maintains that pastors should stick to being pastors in their churches and leave the crafting of legislation up to those who are in parliament.

Peyrefitte said that the churches are objecting simply for the sake of objecting. He added that the pastors representing the churches have no moral high ground to be making any judgments against marijuana users..

“..for those who want to yell and talk from the cheap seats, come down, put your name on a ballot, run for office and then you can pass the laws you want or repeal the law that we just passed. Until then just shut up,” Peyrefitte said.

He noted that while GOB had considered the churches’ presentation on the reasons not to decriminalize, the government felt that it was in the national interest to proceed with the decriminalization.
After a five year process of public consultations and Cabinet deliberations, the Government of Belize made it legal to carry 10 grams of marijuana for personal use. Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, ascended the Bill on Friday, November 3, making the law official.

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