Governor looks to pardon cannabis offenders


The Governor of Guam looks to give a second chance for those who have past minor marijuana crimes

PNC’s Damen Michael has this story

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Earlier today Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Senator Clynt Ridgell got together to announce on social media the provided updates in regards to the rules and regulation being implemented on the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019.

According to the Governor of Guam the Guam Cannabis Industry Act has decriminalized the usage of marijuana to a certain degree and adds that some of the members of the community have made the mistake of using marijuana while it was legal which created a barrier for employment.

Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019 was signed into public law 35-5 which legalizes cannabis for adult use, authorizes the island to build a regulated cannabis industry and allows for home cultivation for personal use.

As of right now the rules and regulations for the act have been transmitted to the legislature and are currently awaiting a public hearing which will be held on May 12th for the proposed rules and regulations.

Guam legalized marijuana in 2019 which permits the possession and usage of marijuana to up to an ounce by those who are 21 and older.

Senator Ridgell applauded the governor for what he believes is “making right” what he believes to be wrong in the legal realm for many years. He added that it was unjustified to make this substance illegal in the first place so he feels it was only right to restore justice and enable those who made those mistakes before to be able to seek a new life and not have to worry about applying for a new job and having this on their record.