Cannabis cafes see business potential in Guam

Like any good chef about to open a restaurant, Andrea Drummer wants to get her pairings just right. But her lamb chops with plantain-mango salsa won't be matched with wine or beer.

Instead, a "budtender" - some in the industry call them ganjiers, as in ganja sommeliers - will help guests at the soon-to-open Lowell Farms cannabis cafe pair their farm-to-table meal with the perfect strain of farm-to-table marijuana.

"A kush is a little more pungent, so it pairs better with a stew, or something like a beef or a meat product. A lighter lemon profile goes nicely with a fish," said Drummer. One of her favorite strains, Blue Dream, "pairs well with both savory and sweet. I've done it with ice cream, and with bread puddings, but I've also done it with octopus."


Marijuana Still Has Momentum in 2019

At the beginning of 2019, hopes were high that as many as four or five states would legalize marijuana through the legislative process this year. That didn’t happen, and the failure of both New Jersey and New York to get it done was especially dispiriting, given that governors and legislative leaders alike said they supported it.


Guam: Cannabis board approves a list of guidelines for recreational marijuana use

Responsible adults can grow and consume recreational marijuana at home, but selling it or trading it for something of value still is illegal, according to the Cannabis Control Board, which on Tuesday approved a list of 10 things the public should know about using it.

“People are saying things like it’s all legal now,” said board member Therese Arriola, who is director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center. “There’s a lot of misinterpretation,” Arriola said. “We need to make sure that there’s clear statements and understandings out there."


Guam's cannabis industry begins creating rules as board meets for first time on Tuesday

A control board tasked with rolling up regulations for Guam's new cannabis industry will meet for the first time on Tuesday, nearly a month after the island legalized the use and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by people at least 21 years old.

Legal buying and selling of marijuana on Guam would take place only after the nine-member board comes up with rules no later than April 2020. 

Prior to the meeting, the members of the Cannabis Control Board said they have been reviewing the local law and the laws and regulations in other jurisdictions that legalized recreational marijuana ahead of Guam.


Marijuana legalization Bill passes in Guam Senate, heads to Governor’s desk

Guam just took a potentially huge step toward fully legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Key lawmakers voted today on a new legalization bill. And after a very close vote, the bill came out on top. It will now move on to the governor’s office for final review and, advocates hope, to be signed into law.



Guam’s New Recreational Bill

Today, senators in Guam voted on Bill 32-35, also known as the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019. If the bill passes into law, it will make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and consume recreational cannabis.


Guam: Vote on recreational marijuana bill expected Wednesday morning

Guam lawmakers voted to move a measure legalizing recreational marijuana into the voting file Tuesday evening and then adjourned.

They're expected to vote on it Wednesday morning.

Sen. Clynt Ridgell’s controversial Bill No. 32-35 was the subject of amendments heard over three days of debate that began Friday and culminated Tuesday night. Senators on both sides of the issue spoke passionately about their positions.

Voting to end the debate and place the bill in the voting file were Sens. Telo Taitague, Louise Muna, Pedo Terlaje, Amanda Shelton, Kelly Marsh, Regine Biscoe-Lee, Joe San Agustin, and Ridgell.


Another US Territory moves towards recreational cannabis legalization

Guam could become the next US territory to legalize recreational marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes.

Democratic Senator Clynton Ridgell introduced the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019 at the end of last month. If passed, the act would see a regulated market for recreational cannabis established on the island territory, and allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess and consume cannabis in Guam.


Bill to legalize marijuana remains in limbo

It’s been roughly six months since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made national headlines when he told reporters that the Justice Department would adopt “responsible policies” to enforce the federal government’s prohibition on pot.

Sessions’ statement, coupled with similar comments from the White House, signaled a sweeping crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In the months since, however, no official action has been taken.

Threats of the potential crackdown prompted Gov. Eddie Calvo and his administration to step back from Calvo's own proposed bill, to legalize the drug for recreation use by adults.


Guam Medicinal Marijuana Bill Signed into Law

Efforts to help businesses get established so they could ultimately sell marijuana for medical purposes took a step forward with the signing of a new law.

Bill 69-34, which became Public Law 34-24, is another effort toward allowing Guam's medical marijuana program to be implemented by providing the Department of Revenue and Taxation with provisions to issue business licenses for medical marijuana cultivators, manufacturers, dispensaries and laboratory testing services. It passed the legislature unanimously.


Slow start for medicinal marijuana in Guam

Voted by the people in 2013, still so many obstacles ahead in rolling out the medical marijuana initiative that's intended to help those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.

No rules and regulations. No lab. And no tracking system. "Bluntly" speaking, Guam is far from implementing medicinal marijuana.

"It isn't as easy as you think it was going to be, because we have to make sure it's safe," stated Dr. Suzanne Kaneshiro, chief public health officer for the Medicinal Marijuana Commission. "We have to make sure the product is safe before people can use it - we would like them to use it but we want it safe." And this is where the commission comes in.


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