Senator Tina Muna Barnes Tells Rotarians That Bill 343 is Needed to Implement Medical Marijuana

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Since Bill 345 rejected the proposed rules and regulations that were crafted by the Department of Public Health, Bill 343 proposes a new set of rules and regulations.

Guam – Senator Tina Muna Barnes gave an update on the status of medical marijuana to the Rotary Club of Guam Thursday. According to Barnes, Bill 343 needs to be passed in order to implement the medical marijuana program.

 

The Senator told Rotarians that a medical marijuana industry will generate more opportunities for Guam. She believes it will help Guam to create a medical tourism industry. “This isn’t a pathway to legalization and recreational use. This isn’t a pathway to increased government revenues to taxation,” said Senator Barnes.

 

Instead she says it is only meant to get patients that are suffering from debilitating illnesses the medicine that they need. “We can’t forget that these patients are suffering through such unbearable pain that some of them have even gone out of their way putting themselves in danger to try and access cannabis on the elicit market to alleviate their suffering.”

 

In addition to this, without any regulation the quality of the cannabis that these patients procure could be tainted by molds fungi and other contaminants.

While her Bill 345 was passed during session last week rejecting the proposed rules and regulations the Senator still needs to pass bills 343 in order to actually implement the medical marijuana program that was approved by island voters nearly two years ago. “The true implementation for getting the medical cannabis and access to those patients who are truly suffering that program implemented we have to look at this Bill 343,” said Barnes.

 

Since Bill 345 rejected the proposed rules and regulations that were crafted by the Department of Public Health, Bill 343 proposes a new set of rules and regulations.

 

“344 talks about the home cultivation. I know it will be a very controversial issue but I’m hoping that my colleagues will at least listen to all of the reports and to all of the accounts that have come into our committee as the subcommittee chair on the committee of health,” said the local lawmaker.

 

 

Senator Barnes says she is going to push to get bills 343 and 344 on the August session agenda.

1 COMMENT

  1. Home cultivation? Really Senator Barnes? Talk about irresponsible legislation. You reject the rules and regulations set forth by Public Health and want to draft new rules. I would think Public Health would be the authority on this issue. What are we going to have now? A bunch of potheads thinking it’s perfectly okay to cultivate marijuana which presents a whole list of problems for the community. Do we really want a bunch of stoned out drivers on Guam’s roads? I don’t think so. I am very disappointed in Barnes and those who have supported this issue. You won’t get my vote in the upcoming election. $85,000 for each of you senators and you have the nerve to support this? Ridiculous! It’s time for new faces at the legislature.

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