Guam

Thu
09
Jul

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.

Tue
14
Apr

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.

Mon
23
Sep

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.

Mon
19
Aug

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."

Fri
26
Jul

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.

Wed
10
Jul

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."

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.

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