Cannabis Control Board going over testimony presented during public hearings

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Board member Adrian Cruz, the deputy director of the Guam Department of Agriculture, said the board got a lot of comments, not only on Zoom but also via emails.

The Cannabis Control Board (CCB) is going over the oral and written testimony presented during the public hearings held on the board’s proposed rules and regulations for recreational adult-use cannabis.

The Department of Revenue & Taxation compliance division is serving as the administrative arm of CCB and it is now completing the transcription of the three days of public hearings held Nov. 19, 20, and 21.

Board member Adrian Cruz, the deputy director of the Guam Department of Agriculture, said the board got a lot of comments, not only on Zoom but also via emails.

“I would think that we would want to separate them by classification, you know, topic. and we got a lot of homework to do. I think we really need to take a lot of this stuff into consideration, we really need to do a little bit more research on some of the things that people are proposing. And I think we should just take it on topic by topic. And just knock them out. That way, we can deliberate the changes that are going to be made,” Cruz said during this afternoon’s meeting.

Board member Dafne Shimizu, the director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, said the work was challenging because many of the speakers were talking about different topics and jumping from one category to another. Nonetheless, she said her team at the compliance branch has been working hard to finish the transcription and prepare a single packet that will have all the testimony for presentation to the members of the CCB board and the Legislature.

The DRT compliance division has been tasked with completing and submitting its work by next week to the CCB whose members will then go over the report.

The CCB has set its next meeting for Dec. 17 at 2 pm during which CCB members are expected to express their views on the testimony presented during the public hearings.

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