Public Health Director Talks Medical Marijuana

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Back in March PNC shared the story of baby Javen Pizarro, who suffers from debilitating seizures and Gilan says some form of medical cannabis could help treat seizures. 

Guam – Public Health director James Gillan says he is compassionate towards the benefits that medical cannabis could offer. However, he also has concerns with the rules and regulations.

 

Gillan tells PNC he wants to see medical cannabis help people on Guam. Gillan says he thinks cannabidiol, or CBD, could potentially help patients suffering seizures but the lack of a lab component in the current rules and regulations is troubling.

“I think that, when we are talking about, we’ve talked about the availability especially for children with seizure disorder, you’re going to have a distributor who claims that this product has the cannabidiol and the strains that we need to take care of children with seizures, were gonna need to test that,,” says Gillan.

 

Back in March PNC shared the story of baby Javen Pizarro, who suffers from debilitating seizures and Gilan says some form of medical cannabis could help treat seizures. 

“From a compassionate standpoint, the first thing is those children with those disorders who seem to be, just go to charlottes website and see what it does, we know that it has some effect now people who are in pain and can no loner tolerate opioids, I have compassion for that, but I am not in control of how long it takes to grow the marijuana and how long it takes to turn it into a product that’s usable,”  said Gillan.

 

Gillan says he told Senator Barnes that public health would not be participating in the first three public hearings, only the last one, which is being held at the legislative hearing room on June 7. At that time, public health will present a budget for the medical marijuana program based on the rules and regulations that were transmitted to Senator Barnes earlier this month.