Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) is a natural herb that has been around and being utilized for ages. Recent societies, however, have prohibited the widespread distribution and use of the plant. As such many researchers have conducted all kinds of research to figure out if the Legalization of Marijuana is in fact the best route for these societies to take. Literature on this matter is abundant as it has been a long debated topic. The Belizean society has chosen to keep Marijuana illegal as well thus seeing the use of Marijuana taboo. This research will focus on the Belizean society and how would it react to the legalization of marijuana. Historical Overview
Research prior to investigation into the view of the Belizean society whether the “Legalization of Cannabis Sativa “Marijuana” for the purpose of creating a regulated industry to generate income for the country is a better social and governmental investment rather than heavy government spending in the fight against illicitness of cannabis and high convictions of cannabis related crimes.” Include two articles. These articles was not based in Belize, however they bare relevance to this research conducted. These articles include: Marijuana Legalization: The Time Is Now by Douglas McVay, Chapter 7 of The Drug Legalization Debate, edited by James A. Inciardi ©1991 SAGE Publications: Studies in Crime, Law and Justice Vol 7. ISBN 0-8039-3678-8 In this article, the Legalization of marijuana is supported. The article outlines three basic reasons why a society should in fact legalize marijuana which include: * Due to limited resources for law enforcement, resources should be focused on severe crimes. The article states that in 1988 the FBI made 1,155,200 drug arrests for all drug offences and of which 324,000 were marijuana related arrest for simple possession. (FBI,1989) * The fact that marijuana is a plant that is very easy to cultivate as it grows wild in countries across the globe...
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