Cannabis Control Board set to release FAQs

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Therese Arriola, director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and member of the cannabis control board, said the FAQs provide clarity to questions frequently asked by the community, including rules that apply to travel, driving, and allowable use of recreational cannabis.

The Cannabis Control Board will be releasing a set of FAQs to increase public awareness on the proper and regulated use of recreational cannabis.

The cannabis control board was created by the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019 to regulate cannabis for public health, welfare, safety, and taxation purposes.

Therese Arriola, director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and member of the cannabis control board, said the FAQs provide clarity to questions frequently asked by the community, including rules that apply to travel, driving, and allowable use of recreational cannabis.

“Who can use it? Responsible adults 21 years and older. And so if you are 18 you are not legally able to use it. It is for responsible adults 21 years and older. Very similar and mirrors the alcohol law. Number two, how much can I have on me or in my vehicle? There has been a lot of general questions from the general public about this, saying ‘since it’s law and I am an adult, I can carry as much as I want.’ No, the possession is very very clear, you can only have up to one ounce or less than 28 grams on your body or in your vehicle,” Arriola said.

She added: “Can I sell? The answer is no. You cannot sell cannabis. It is against the law. Retail or bartering is prohibited but you can gift it. Again, you can gift it. I can give you marijuana but it can only be up to one ounce. Where can I smoke is the big issue. Because of the law that came out that it is legal, people think that they can just break it out and smoke anywhere. And that is such the opposite. You can only smoke or consume cannabis in private property, with the owner’s personal permission,” Arriola said.

According to Arriola, the top ten points in the FAQ was approved by the control board earlier this month. The control board will disseminate the information to the public soon.

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