Medical marijuana measure makes way back to legislature

After taking the proposed rules and regulations of allowing for the use and growth of medical marijuana in Guam on the road, Sen. Tina Muña-Barnes will bring the issue back to base to receive what may be final public input before further legislative action.

Muña-Barnes has already held three hearings at public venues located in the northern, central and southern village of Guam to receive testimony on the proposed rules of the Joaquin “KC” Concepcion Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., testimony will be received at the Guam Legislature in Hagåtña. If accepted on the legislative floor, the process would lay the foundation of the industry once enacted.

During the village meetings, questions have arisen pertaining to licensing fees, home cultivation and patient access, among others – offering a perspective of what the legal medical marijuana industry could potentially look like on island had these concerns been incorporated into the proposed guidelines.

Many rallied around the point that final medical marijuana rules and regulations should be patient-centric and focus on the needs and requirement of the end user. Concerns were expressed about the way the proposed rules addressed access and privacy considerations.

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