The Belize police have bowed to reality and officially stated they won't charge anyone for possessing 2 grams or less of marijuana. That's the word from Police Commissioner Jose Zetina.

While this has been the de facto policy for some time (at least for some people in some places), this is the first time I've seen the authorities come out and say this plainly.

I think it's a good plan. Given the high rate of serious crime in Belize -- murders, rapes, child molestation, burglaries, muggings-- police constables certainly have more important things to do than bust residents or visitors for having a little weed.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First