Marijuana plants being sold online; GPD issues warning

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Marijuana is legal on Guam but that doesn’t mean island residents won’t be on the hook for a criminal charge if they are found selling the plant or its byproducts.

There have been reports of individuals attempting to sell marijuana plants on social media. In one post, an individual is asking $150 for a marijuana plant. This is a crime, according to GPD spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao who said that the legalization of adult-use cannabis on island regulates what a person can and can’t do as marijuana is still illegal on the federal front.

“Technically, by virtue of what was passed and enacted in the passage of recreational cannabis, I believe under Bill 35-5 it’s prohibited for anyone to sell marijuana or cannabis,” Tapao said.

He added: “Absent a dispensary, you know, this is where we have to understand we can not sell or produce cannabis, fully grown cannabis, but you can gift. It can actually be gifted to individuals but you can not sell or generate revenue from the product itself which is the fully matured cannabis which is the buds or anything derived from the cannabis.”

One can, however, grow three matured plants and three saplings within your home as well as possess up to 1 ounce or 28 grams of mature dried cannabis on your person.

But Tapao says if you are caught selling the plant or its byproducts there are local and federal criminal penalties.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.