Guam: Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation Into Law

GUAM: The Governor for the US territory of Guam has signed legislation permitting qualified medical cannabis patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home.

Under the new law, applicants can apply to the Department of Health and Social Services to receive a home cultivation permit. Approved applicants may grow up to six mature plants and/or 12 immature plants.

Voters in 2014 approved a ballot measure establishing a medical cannabis program. Under the program, patients with cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, and other qualifying conditions are eligible to obtain cannabis from licensed dispensaries. However, to date, no such facilities are up and running.

Lawmakers say that allowing patients the option to grow marijuana at home is an “interim solution” to address the government’s failure to move the program forward in an expeditious manner.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

Guam Votes For Medical Marijuana

GUAM:  Voters in the Pacific territory of Guam have backed legalising medical marijuana, despite opposition from governor Eddie Calvo, early results from a referendum showed Wednesday.

About 56 percent of islanders were in favour of the move, according to preliminary results from the referendum held Tuesday to coincide with a scheduled gubernatorial election, which Calvo won in a landslide.

Senator Tina Muna Barnes, who put forward the proposal, said allowing medical marijuana was not a precursor to approving the drug for recreational use.

“Guam is not ready for that,” the Democrat, who serves in the Guam legislature, told the Pacific Daily News. “This is all for the right reasons, lots of families are looking for ways to keep their loved ones out of pain.”


Guam Legalizes Medical Marijuana

GUAM:  Voters in Guam approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for “debilitating medical conditions” such as epilepsy, HIV, cancer and glaucoma. The bill, which passed by more than 56 percent, makes Guam the first U.S. territory to legalize medical pot.

The decision marks the first victory in a flurry of marijuana-related ballot measuresthis Election Day. Residents of Florida will also vote on medical marijuana legislation, and voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize pot for recreational purposes. Two Maine cities are also voting on full-scale legalization, and two New Mexico counties are mulling decriminalization.

“This is just the beginning of a very big day,” Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, told HuffPost. “People all across the world are ready to move beyond failed prohibition laws, especially when seriously ill patients are criminalized just for following their doctors’ recommendations.”

Though the Guam initiative originally faced legal hurdles, the self-governing territory’s Supreme Court ultimately pushed it through to the ballot in September. A government commission will establish the program’s specific rules and regulations in the coming months.