Guam

Tue
30
Apr

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.

Thu
28
Mar

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.

Tue
26
Mar

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.

Tue
05
Feb

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.

Mon
21
Aug

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.

Tue
18
Jul

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.

Mon
12
Jun

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.

Mon
05
Jun

Guam's non-existent medical marijuana program: a patient's perspective

It’s been three years since Guam residents voted in favor of a medical marijuana program, and the island is still without a cannabis commission. And while GovGuam drags its feet, people with treatable illnesses, like 24-year-old Isha Gabriel, continue to suffer without a natural alternative to prescription medication.

In 2013, Gabriel began showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or MS, and was officially diagnosed the following year. MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body, according to the National MS Society. It is currently incurable.

Wed
12
Apr

Guam: Cannabis Bill on Pause

Much like its conditional opposition of the military buildup, Adelup says a Federal about-face has caused them to re-think moving forward with allowing residents 21 or older to possess and grow marijuana.

Although the Calvo Administration cannot say how long it will pause its support for the Governor’s own adult-use cannabis bill, officials are planning for eventual outcomes from announced crackdowns of recreational programs from President Donald Trump. 

Much like its conditional opposition of the military buildup, Adelup says a Federal about-face has caused them to re-think moving forward with allowing residents 21 or older to possess and grow marijuana.

Mon
27
Mar

Guam: DRT marijuana licensing bill to move forward this week

A new piece of legislation from Sen. Joe San Agustin may allow Guam's medical marijuana law to make some headway in its implementation. The freshman senator plans to introduce legislation this week that will amend the medical marijuana law with regulations on the issuance of business licenses for manufacturers and cultivators at the Department of Revenue and Taxation. Licenses are outlined in the amended medical marijuana law, which describes the Department of Public Health and Social Services' role. In addition, Rev and Tax also must establish its own procedures for medical marijuana business licenses, according to past statements from San Agustin. 

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