Voters 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.
U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances 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.”
Voters in Guam will have the opportunity this November to legalize medical cannabis.
On Thursday, July 7th, the Guam Election Commission decided to put the Joaquin “KC” Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act on the ballot this November. The proposal would legalize the use and possession of cannabis for medical purposes, and would also allow for medical cannabis dispensaries, which would be regulated by a government entity to be decided at a later date.
Over the past few months, the Guam Election Commission and the nation’s Legislature have been at odds on placing the issue on the ballot, but the Commission decided to make the move after the Supreme Court of Guam this week issued an opinion that the Legislature can use “legislative submission,” which allows voters to approve legislation themselves.