by Nick Delgado
Guam - Effective immediately, if you're not 21 years old you will not be allowed to purchase or drink alcohol anymore. Acting governor Mike Cruz this afternoon signed Bill 389 into law, which was named after Ramon Oberiano, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2006.
The bill was passed unanimously by all senators during a legislative session last week. Oberiano's wife Marylynn and mother Floreta were at today's signing ceremony at Adelup. "It's a momentous occasion for Guam now that we are able to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," said Dr, Thomas Shieh. "Hopefully this is a time for her to heal as well and have a secure brighter hope for the future."
The acting governor also signed two bills that would change current law related to the hours when alcohol can be sold and penalties for those caught violating those changes. Alcohol is now prohibited from being sold between the hours of 2 o'clock until 8'clock in the morning.
Andersen Air Force Base also states that it is changing its alcohol consumption policies immediately, in spite of the new laws.