Public hearing set for recreational marijuana bill

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Guam – Efforts toward the legalization of recreational marijuana  will be discussed at the legislature tomorrow during a public hearing on Bill 32.

The legislature has allotted seven hours of public discussion on the bill that proposes to allow the regulated adult use of marijuana by anyone at least 21 years old.

Sen. Clynt Ridgell, the author of the Guam Cannabis Industry Act, is encouraging island residents to come out and testify.

“A majority of the United States  – 34 states to be exact – have legalized cannabis in some form,” Ridgell said. “Canada has completely legalized cannabis. South Korea has legalized medicinal cannabis extracts, Thailand has legalized medicinal cannabis, and even Malaysia, which has very harsh drug laws, is considering [reforming] their cannabis policies.”

Ridgell noted that cannabis reform is becoming a worldwide trend. Advocates underscore its medicinal properties and the revenue potentials of the marijuana industry.

Guam voters gave their nod to medicinal use of marijuana in 2014. The medical marijuana program, however, has since been stalled due to a lack of the mandatory testing laboratory.

Last year, former Gov. Eddie Calvo endorsed the exploration of the economic benefits of recreational marijuana.

The public hearing on Bill 32 will be held at the Guam Congress building from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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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.