Guam – Attorney Julian Aguon filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Guam seeking a declaration ordering the Guam Election Commission to put the medical marijuana referendum law on the November ballot.
In February lawmakers passed bill 215 authorizing the referendum which Governor Eddie Calvo allowed to lapse into law.
However, the GEC refused to place the question on the ballot after their legal counsel, Jeff Cook, advised it would be a violation of the Organic Act which does not allow the legislature to delegate it’s law making authority in the form of a referendum.
As a result the lawmakers passed Resolution 358 allowing for a declaratory judgement to be filed.
Senator Tina Muna Barnes believes that they could get an answer soon enough to place the referendum on the November general election ballot.
“I’m confident that they will have an answer to us before the deadline and if we were to do a counting of days back from the general election we would have to have an answer before August 6th if I’m not mistaken,” said Senator Barnes.
The medical marijuana bill would allow for doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients who would then be allowed to purchase medical marijuana at approved dispensaries.