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.”
The proposal in question, the Joaquin (KC) Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013, would legalize medical cannabis for those with a qualifying condition, and would create a commission to establish remaining rules and regulations, including for dispensaries. Guam: Vote on Medical Cannabis Given Go-Ahead After Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge
The vote will take place on November 4th.