by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Rory Respicio says people may have gotten the wrong idea when he decided to introduce Bill 420 at 4:20 in the afternoon Tuesday. The legislation proposes to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
"There's been a lot distortion in respect to Bill 420," the senator admitted, "in that people thought that it would legalize marijuana, and that was the furthest thing from the truth. So we had to pull that bill back, and revise it under Bill 423."
Although the bill is still referred to as the Compassion Healthcare Act of 2010 some of the changes include a provision that prohibits doctors' prescriptions for marijuana -instead doctors can simply recommend the drug to patients.
The bill in its new form also includes a provision that creates a Medical Cannabis Policy Commission.