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Medicinal marijuana bill would be extra cost to GEC

by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - If Bill 215 passes (dealing with the use of medicinal marijuana on Guam) and is signed into law, it will then be sent to the Guam Election Commission to be placed on this year's general election ballot. GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan raises concern over whether the measure addresses an appropriation for the GEC to publish the title and measure in the newspaper, printing out pamphlets and mailing it to voters.

She says the last initiative before the GEC cost them around $35,000. "At the beginning of the talk of this measure being on the ballot, I became excited and I'm excited because I feel that more voters will come out, there's more interest in that area maybe and we'll see it and that could be validated by the voter turnout and voter participation come 2014 general election," she said.

Should the measure pass, she also hopes to work with the legislature in ensuring new election laws are followed. Senator Tina Muna Barnes's office notes they are aware of funding that is needed but were unsure of the exact amount needed. They ultimately are open to taking the necessary steps in providing that funding should the measure pass and signed into law.

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