Guam Legalizes Medical Cannabis

guamVoters in Guam have approved an initiative to legalize medical cannabis. With results tallied in 56 of Guam’s 58 precinct, the proposal is leading with 56% of the vote, indicating that victory is a certainty.

The initiative explicitly legalizes the medical use of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Specific details, such as how much a patient can possess or cultivate, is as of yet undetermined. The Department of Health and Public Services will be tasked with determining rules and regulations.

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Vote on Medical Cannabis Given Go-Ahead in Guam After Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Francesguam Tydingco-Gatewood has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month’s vote on the legalization of medical cannabis, officially giving the go-ahead for the vote to take place. According to Tydingco-Gatewood, the individual who brought forth the case – attorney Howard Trapp – has no legal standing.

Trapp sued the Guam Election Commission last month, challenging the government’s ability to put the legalization of medical cannabis to a vote due to “legislative submission.” In the order released yesterday, Tydingco-Gatewood says Trapp failed to demonstrate that his complaint is “distinguishable from the general interest of every citizen of Guam.”

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