Governor to decide on pot and games-of-chance bills

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero Bill 32-35 Bill 29-35 adult-use cannabis

After deliberating with her legal counsel, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero tells Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that she plans on making a firm decision on bills 32-35 and 29-35 before the pieces of legislation lapsed into law.

Sen. Clynt Ridgell introduced Bill 32-35, which seeks to legalize regulated adult-use cannabis. The second legislation, Sen. James Moylan’s Bill 29-35, seeks to authorize the Mayors Council of Guam to get the ball rolling on the rules and regulations of games-of-chance during Guam’s Liberation Festivities and other fairs.

Following the peaceful protests in Adelup last week, the Governor said, “The concern, of course, is the access to the public and what is the government going to be doing if the bill is signed into law in terms of controlling, protecting and ensuring the safety of our people. So those are the kinds of things I am looking at very closely.”

The governor also believes that ample time has been given to the cannabis conversation, throughout government agencies, and within the community.

“This is something that has been in the community and so the Guam Chamber of commerce has been discussing this, and how it’s gonna impact the community. And so is GVB. So it’s not like a new issue that just occurred overnight. I think that people should be given the opportunity to express their opinion. I think they should be given to make input,” she said.

The governor now has 6 days to decide on Bill 32-35 and 8 days on Bill 29-35.