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Cannabis rules draw fire

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Guam’s recreational cannabis industry could lose to the black market unless the government allows residents to own more than one type of cannabis business, a prospective business owner told lawmakers Thursday morning.

At the very least, businesses should be allowed to grow and also manufacture cannabis products, Mike Mateo said during a public hearing on the rules and regulations for the island’s recreational cannabis industry.

That’s how the cannabis black market operates — by controlling cultivation, manufacturing and sale — and legal cannabis businesses need to do the same to compete on price, Mateo said.


Cannabis board continues to work on rules for recreational pot

marijuana plants in a greenhouse

The Cannabis Control Board met for about an hour Wednesday afternoon to discuss changes to the proposed rules and regulations for the recreational cannabis industry.

Board Vice Chairwoman Dafne Shimizu, director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, presented amendments to the rules for retail cannabis stores and for enforcement and penalties.

Most of the changes are small, related to clarifying the requirements for transferring cannabis between licensed businesses and the process for reporting a customer who presents a fake identification card.


Guam Legalized Recreational Marijuana, Asks Citizens to Help

We talk a lot about the 50 standard US states and where they stand on recreational marijuana policy. But the US includes more than just 50 states, and of the territories included in the repertoire of US properties, Guam legalized recreational marijuana first. Now, in order to iron out the wrinkles of regulation, Guam is asking its citizens for help!


Guam: Recreational cannabis could create hundreds of jobs

An economic impact study on the legalization of recreational cannabis in Guam — obtained by the Guam Visitors Bureau and adopted by the Cannabis Control Board — says the industry could generate more than $100 million in economic activity and hundreds of jobs.

Guam residents could spend about $10 million on cannabis during the industry's first year, and tourists could spend more than $1 million, the study states.

The cannabis board transmitted the study to the Legislature on Oct. 19. The economic impact study is required under the April 2019 law that legalized recreational marijuana on island.


Guam: Cannabis board resumes finalizing proposed rules

The government board responsible for setting the rules on Guam's recreational cannabis industry meets today for the first time in months.

The Cannabis Control Board missed an early April deadline to adopt the rules and regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before a state of emergency was declared in mid-March, the board was preparing to finalize the rules for public comment. When GovGuam closed, officials who are members of the Cannabis Control Board had to focus on the COVID-19 emergency.

The board has not made public any portion of the draft cannabis regulations.

Social distancing and other safety protocols, however, will continue to pose a challenge on the public review and comment period.


Guam: Still illegal to buy, sell cannabis as coronavirus delays rules

Rolling up the recreational cannabis industry rules by the April 3 deadline has been delayed, as the coronavirus pandemic has led to the shutdown of some government functions and to stay-at-home mandates.

Cannabis Control Board member Adrian Cruz, representing the Department of Agriculture, said the board worked tirelessly for months to get the draft rules ready for public input by March, but the process was halted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The health component of the draft regulations, Cruz said, is among those at a standstill because the Department of Public Health and Social Services is focusing its resources on fighting the coronavirus.


Cannabis Territory

Since cannabis legalization became the law of the land on the entire West Coast of the United States, much of the weed-concerned American public turned their attention to the East and Midwest. But the legalization trend has also continued west of the West Coast. Two U.S. territories, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, legalized cannabis for adult use within the past year — and other U.S. territories are quietly making moves in that direction.


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."


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