Ridgell seeks to legalize recreational marijuana

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Guam – Freshman Senator Clynt Ridgell has sparked the conversation by introducing legislation to legalizing recreational adult use of cannabis.

The Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019, if passed by the legislature would legalize recreational use of marijuana for individuals 21 years or older on Guam, much like our sister islands in the CMNI.

Ridgell states that residents will be able to grow up to 6 plants for personal cultivation.

The push for the legalization is to create a new industry, new revenues and new jobs for island residents.

“Economists have forecast the coming year to be one of stagnant economic growth. The cannabis industry is the proverbial shot in the arm that will stimulate our stagnant economy.”

Part of the bill calls for Marijuana cultivation facilities to be taxed 15-percent on every dollar sold.

The bill would also form a 5 member Cannabis Control Board, which will be tasked to promulgate rules and regulations to enforce the Act.

If passed the bill would take a year to implement and issue the rules and regulations followed by another 90 days to adopt those rules and a year and a half to open dispensaries.

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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.