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"Live Life Alive" formed to educate public about medicinal marijuana

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was just last week when a federal lawsuit was filed to prevent the Guam Election Commission from putting the question of medicinal marijuana on the ballot. But while that waits to be heard, a group has formed to not only educate the community on the matter but to teach them to "Live Life Alive."

Senator Tina Muna Barnes says the petition by Attorney Howard Trapp for a writ of prohibition with the District Court of Guam is just another hurdle to leap over. "I just hope that the people will be given the opportunity to vote on an issue of great importance and know that there will be an alternative to those that are suffering from debilitating health issues," she told KUAM News.

It was last week Friday we first reported that Trapp filed the lawsuit asking the federal court to prohibit the Joaquin "KC" Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013 from being placed on the general election ballot. For Joaquin Concepcion, the father of "KC", he, like Barnes, expressed his disappointment, saying, "And to me I think it's a total disrespect to our own Supreme Court, we have three excellent justices that decided and issued their order and their decision saying it's totally legal what the Guam legislature did I am not surprised he did this, but I'm very disappointed he did."

Aside from the lawsuit, Concepcion says he and his family, friends and supporters are still moving forward in the hope of seeing medicinal marijuana allowed on Guam. "This is something that needs to be done," he said.

In fact, a non-profit organization was recently formed modeled after the mantra KC lived up to every day despite his fight against cancer. "Don't just survive, live when you're alive and it makes a lot of sense here as far as that's concerned, hence we named it Live Life Alive Inc. and we're pursuing to better educate our people before the election as to the medicinal value of cannabis," said Concepcion.

Documents were filed with rev and tax last week to form the non-profit. He adds along with education, the group hopes to print informational materials and signs to bring awareness to the cause. Concepcion said, "It will eventually morph into a Live Life Alive foundation further down the road in which one of his dreams was to console and take care of children whose parents are suffering from any type of terminal or debilitating disease he wanted to go and take care of these kids and what to expect."

Along with allowing for medicinal marijuana on Guam, he says the live life alive group was a dream of KC's before his passing. A wave meanwhile is being held Friday October 3 at the Micronesia Mall intersection starting at 430pm. For more information visit the group's Facebook page or email at livelifealive215@gmail.com.

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan in the meantime says she is proceeding forward with the election process as the mass production of the ballots containing the medicinal marijuana question began on Monday and continues today.
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