Senator Rory Respicio of Guam introduced Bill 420, the Compassionate Healthcare Act of 2010, to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana on the island. The bill was introduced at 4:20 Monday afternoon.
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”We’re not advocating the use of cannabis for recreational types of activity at all,” he said.
Bill 420 would allow local compassion centers authorized to grow and sell marijuana to qualified patients.
“It’s complicated, when a doctor prescribes the use of marijuana for some medical illnesses we also have to license growers and so we had to in that bill set up mechanisms to be able to do that,” Respicio said.
The legislation would require the Guam Department of Public Health to develop rules, procedures and regulations for the dispensaries. Those operating the centers would be required to submit locations where marijuana would be cultivated, as well as having security and safety measures in place.