Guam Governor Eddie Calvo on Tuesday introduced legislation to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.
It would allow for the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six plants.
It would also legalize a system of licensed cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers, similar to Colorado’s system. Cannabis would be taxed at 15% at the point of sale.
Calvo says that he doesn’t personally support legalizing cannabis, but is proposing it as a solution to the regulatory burden put in place by a recent voter-approved initiative that legalized medical cannabis.
“I am introducing this bill, not because I personally support the recreational use of marijuana, but as a solution to the regulatory labyrinth that sprouted from the voter-mandated medical marijuana program,” says Calvo.
Although the bill is being introduced as a simplification of the system, Calvo assures patients that the new law won’t negatively impact the medical law.
“Patients with the proper credentials will be able to purchase cannabis products according to the rules and regulations of that program,” says Calvo. “The sin tax and age limit we propose for non-medicinal cannabis use will not apply to the medicinal program.”
The measure must be passed through Guam’s Legislature before being sent to Calvo to be signed into law.