Guam senators pass limited medical marijuana bills

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Guam – In the wake of September’s legalization of recreational marijuana in the CNMI, Guam lawmakers are finally taking baby steps towards the highly regulated personal use of the plant for medicinal purposes. Guam voters approved medical marijuana in a 2014 referendum.

By a vote of eight to three with three excused absences, on Thursday lawmakers approved Bill No. 302-34 (COR) “relative to permitting the home cultivation of medical cannabis under certain conditions.”

By a vote of seven to four with three excused absences, on Thursday lawmakers approved Bill No. 326 (COR), “relative to granting waiver authority to i Maga’lahen Guahan for certain requirements related to laboratories and dispensaries, as those requirements are set out in the Joaquin (KC) Concepcion, II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.”

Related legislation aimed at quickening the establishment of a medical marijuana testing lab is on hold. Bill No. 327-34 (COR) would amend the sections of Guam code regulating the application and licensing process for medical cannabis business and license classification, medical practices, and health and safety — by seeking to eliminate “the requirement of 51 percent local ownership in a medical cannabis testing laboratory.” The amendment is now in second reading file and marked “Passed on File – 10/3/18”. Committee on Rules Chair Regine Biscoe-Lee confirms, “We voted yesterday [on various other legislation]. So it would need to be added to a future agenda.”

In all, the senators passed 13 bills and confirmed five nominees to boards and councils.

Other bills being sent to Gov. Calvo for consideration include Bill No. 127-34 (COR), an act for limited licensure of military physicians to volunteer in the civilian community, Bill No. 128-34 (COR), an act to allow military dentists to do the same, and Bill No. 129 (COR) an act that seeks to enable military allied health professionals to volunteer off-base, too. Bill No. 130 (COR) would extend the same privilege to military nurses.

Also ready for the governor’s signature is Bill No. 219-34 (COR) “authorizing mayors to offer veteran status data on verification of residency forms, and include the solicitation of veteran demographics in their annual census for the purpose of updating the Guam Veterans Registry and connecting the Guam veteran population to available services.”

Additionally, senators passed Bill 292-34 (COR), which would allow the use of video teleconferencing applications at government board and commission meetings.

Here is the official press release from the 34th Legislature’s Committee on Rules:

COMMITTEE ON RULES
SENATOR RÉGINE BISCOE LEE, CHAIR
SIKRITARIAN LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN
I MINA’TRENTAI KUÅTTRO NA LIHESLATURAN GUÅHAN
LEGISLATIVE SECRETARY • 34TH GUAM LEGISLATURE
COMMITTEE ON RULES
ISSUES SESSION UPDATE
October 4, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Hagåtña, Guam)— Senator Régine Biscoe Lee, Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, reports that during this afternoon’s Session, Senators of the 34th Guam Legislature voted on the items listed below. Session is adjourned subject to the call of the Speaker.
VOTING FILE:

1. Bill No. 28-34 (COR) As amended by the Committee on Environment, Land, Agriculture and Procurement Reform. – Thomas C. Ada
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 5425, 5426, 5427, 5450, 5452, 5480, 5481, AND 5485(a) AND (b) OF ARTICLE 9; AND AMEND §§ 5703, 5705, 5706(b), 5707(a) AND 5708, AND ADD A NEW § 5710 TO ARTICLE 12, ALL OF CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO LEGAL AND CONTRACTUAL REMEDIES IN GUAM PROCUREMENT LAW. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

2. Bill No. 127-34 (COR) As amended on the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Joe S. San Agustin, Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Tommy Morrison, FRANK B. AGUON, JR., William M. Castro, Telena Cruz Nelson, Louise B. Muña
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 12207(g) TO ARTICLE 2 OF PART 1, CHAPTER 12, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MILITARY LIMITED VOLUNTEER MEDICAL LICENSE FOR PHYSICIANS LICENSED WITH THE GUAM-BASED MILITARY CREDENTIALING OFFICE TO ENABLE THEM TO VOLUNTEER IN THE CIVILIAN COMMUNITY. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B.
Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

3. Bill No. 128-34 (COR) – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Joe S. San Agustin, Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Tommy Morrison, FRANK B. AGUON, JR., William M. Castro, Telena Cruz Nelson, Louise B. Muña
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 12420 TO CHAPTER 12 OF PART 1, ARTICLE 4, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MILITARY LIMITED VOLUNTEER DENTAL LICENSE FOR DENTISTS LICENSED WITH THE GUAM-BASED MILITARY CREDENTIALING OFFICE TO ENABLE THEM TO VOLUNTEER IN THE CIVILIAN COMMUNITY. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B.
Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

4. Bill No. 129-34 (COR) – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Joe S. San Agustin, Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Tommy A. Morrison, FRANK B. AGUON, JR., William M. Castro, Telena Cruz Nelson, Louise B. Muña
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 12805(j) TO ARTICLE 8 OF PART 1, CHAPTER 12, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MILITARY LIMITED VOLUNTEER MEDICAL LICENSE FOR ALLIED HEALTH PRACTITIONERS LICENSED WITH THE GUAM-BASED MILITARY CREDENTIALING OFFICE TO ENABLE THEM TO VOLUNTEER IN THE CIVILIAN COMMUNITY. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

5. Bill No. 130-34 (COR) As amended on the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Joe S. San Agustin, Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Tommy Morrison, FRANK B. AGUON, JR., William M. Castro, Telena Cruz Nelson, Louise B. Muña
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 12322(e) TO ARTICLE 3 OF PART 1, CHAPTER 12, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MILITARY LIMITED VOLUNTEER NURSING LICENSE FOR NURSES (RN, APRN, LPN) LICENSED WITH THE GUAM-BASED MILITARY CREDENTIALING OFFICE TO ENABLE THEM TO VOLUNTEER IN THE CIVILIAN COMMUNITY. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) –
10/4/18

6. Bill No. 219-34 (COR) As amended on the Floor. – Therese M. Terlaje, Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. AN ACT TO AMEND § 40112(m), AND ADD A NEW § 40112(t) TO CHAPTER 40 OF TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO AUTHORIZING MAYORS TO OFFER VETERAN STATUS DATA ON VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY FORMS, AND INCLUDE THE SOLICITATION OF VETERAN DEMOGRAPHICS IN THEIR ANNUAL CENSUS FOR THE PURPOSE OF UPDATING THE GUAM VETERANS REGISTRY AND CONNECTING THE GUAM
VETERAN POPULATION TO AVAILABLE SERVICES. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

7. Bill No. 272-34 (COR) – Telena Cruz Nelson
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 6303(e) TO ARTICLE 3 OF CHAPTER 6, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO REQUIRING REPORTING OF AMENDED GOVERNMENT POSITIONS AND DEFERRING THE FILLING OF AMENDED POSITIONS. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

8. Bill No. 279-34 (COR) As amended on the Floor. – Thomas C. Ada
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 5110, 5111, AND 5112(a) OF SUBARTICLE B, ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE GENERAL SERVICES AGENCY AND THE CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER. *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

9. Bill No. 292-34 (COR) As amended on the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.
AN ACT TO ADD NEW §§ 43121 AND 43122 TO ARTICLE 1 OF CHAPTER 43, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ALLOWING THE USE OF VIDEO TELECONFERENCING APPLICATIONS AT MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS TO GUARANTEE A QUORUM, FOR CONVENIENCE, AND TO EXPAND THE ELIGIBILITY OF MEMBERSHIP TO THOSE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT MAY BE HOMEBOUND; AND ENCOURAGING THE USE OF VIDEO LIVE STREAMING AT MEETINGS IN ORDER
TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT. *PASSED (10 yeas, 1 nay – Acting Speaker Therese M. Terlaje; and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

10. Bill No. 297-34 (COR) – Thomas C. Ada
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SALE OF A THREE HUNDRED SIXTEEN PLUS OR MINUS (316±) SQUARE METER PORTION OF THE OLD DELA CORTE STREET IN OLD AGAÑA CONTIGUOUS TO LOT 1058 NEW, LOT 1060-2 NEW, LOT 1041-1 NEW, AND LOT 1047 NEW IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF HAGÅTÑA. *PASSED (8 yeas, 3 nays – Senator Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson, Acting Speaker Therese M. Terlaje; and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator
Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

11. Bill No. 302-34 (COR) As substituted and amended on the Floor. – Louise B. Muña, Fernando Barcinas Esteves, Régine Biscoe Lee
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 122530 TO ARTICLE 25 OF CHAPTER 12, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO PERMITTING THE HOME CULTIVATION OF MEDICAL CANNABIS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. *PASSED (8 yeas, 3 nays – Senator James V. Espaldon, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.; and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

12. Bill No. 319-34 (COR) – James V. Espaldon
AN ACT TO AMEND § 9302 OF CHAPTER 9, ARTICLE 3, TITLE 12, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO THE ANNUAL DEPOSIT INTO THE GUAM VISITORS BUREAU “RAINY DAY FUND.” *PASSED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

13. Bill No. 326-34 (COR) As amended by the Floor. – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.
AN ACT TO ADD A NEW § 122530 TO ARTICLE 25 OF CHAPTER 12, TITLE 10, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO GRANTING WAIVER AUTHORITY TO I MAGA′LÅHEN GUÅHAN FOR CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO LABORATORIES AND DISPENSARIES, AS THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE SET OUT IN THE JOAQUIN (KC) CONCEPCION, II COMPASSIONATE CANNABIS USE ACT OF 2013. *PASSED (7 yeas, 4 nays – Senator
Thomas C. Ada, Senator James V. Espaldon, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson, Acting Speaker Therese M. Terlaje; and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

 The Nomination of Melissa C. Chargualaf to serve as a Member of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center Advisory Council. *CONFIRMED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

 The Nomination of Dr. Ryan M. Claros, DTP. to serve as a Physical Therapist Representative of the Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners. *CONFIRMED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

The Nomination of Conrad A. Kerber to serve as a Member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. *CONFIRMED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

 The Nomination of Sandra H. McKeever to serve as a Member of the University of Guam, Board of Regents. *CONFIRMED (11 yeas and 3 excused absences – Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr., Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, and Senator Mary Camacho Torres) – 10/4/18

SECOND READING FILE:
1. Bill No. 214-34 (LS) As corrected by the Prime Sponsor; amended and further amended by the Committee on Environment, Land, Agriculture and Procurement Reform. – Thomas C. Ada
AN ACT TO AMEND § 62104(b) CHAPTER 62 OF TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED RELATIVE TO PARENTAL SUBDIVISIONS AND TO ADD A NEW SUBSECTION (c) TO § 62104 OF CHAPTER 62, TITLE 21, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO CREATING SIBLING SUBDIVISIONS. *Passed on File – 10/3/18

2. Bill No. 267-34 (COR) As substituted by the Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication. – Mary Camacho Torres
AN ACT TO AMEND §§ 4406 and 4406.2 OF ARTICLE 4, CHAPTER 4, TITLE 4, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ENHANCING PROCEDURAL PROTECTIONS WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION IN FAVOR OF INCREASING TIMELINESS, EFFICIENCY, AND DUE PROCESS FOR CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUAM. *Bill set aside – 10/1/18

3. Bill No. 327-34 (COR) – Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.
AN ACT TO AMEND § 122510(a) APPLICATION AND LICENSING PROCESS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS BUSINESS AND § 122508 (b) LICENSE CLASSIFICATION OF ARTICLE 25, PART 2, CHAPTER 12, MEDICAL PRACTICES, TITLE 10 HEALTH AND SAFETY, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT OF 51 PERCENT LOCAL OWNERSHIP IN A MEDICAL CANNABIS TESTING LABORATORY. *Passed on File – 10/3/18

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