Info pamphlets on medicinal marijuana being mailed - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Info pamphlets on medicinal marijuana being mailed

Posted: Updated:
 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It remains to be seen whether a federal lawsuit will in fact prohibit the Guam Election Commission from putting the medicinal marijuana question on the general election ballot. But thousands of educational material on the measure is already being printed and set for mailout this week.

Despite a federal lawsuit filed in the District Court last week, GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan says with just five weeks remaining until the general election - operations must continue. "The Guam Election Commission continues to stay busy with all the work we have to do based on the Guam Election Commission timelines at this time, we are in production mode for both ballot sheet and the pamphlet, the Proposal 14a measure," she explained.

Close to 55,000 ballots for the general election are being printed inclusive of the legislative-submitted referendum on medicinal marijuana- despite the federal lawsuit. Pangelinan says 52,000 information pamphlets on the measure meanwhile are still proceeding forward as well in order to be comply with the law. "So if we stop now, not knowing what the District Court decision will is going to be, we may be more non compliant then if we don't start," he said.

The GEC's response to the lawsuit is due on October 7 - one day after in-office absentee voting starts and five days after pamphlets have to be mailed out to voters. So what exactly is in the pamphlet? "At the cover page, we actually have the ballot title, then the next page is the analysis that was approved by the commission, then followed by that is the argument for the measure given by Senator Tina Muna Barnes and Aline Yamashita and after that is the argument against by Senator Rodriguez and then after that is the actual measure itself," said Pangelinan.

Pangelinan says the commission is not obligated to put the entire law on the pamphlet, but felt its best voters know in detail what the measure proposes. "But the commission in its discussion decided we were going to put it all in because it is the only educational tool we have on the measure," she said.

Along with mailing out to the voters, the pamphlets will be available at the GEC, Guam Legislature, the court, the mayors office and with voter registrars. In the meantime, whatever decision the District Court makes, Pangelinan says the pamphlet will be beneficial to voters. "The intent of the pamphlet for any measure is so voters can get objective information as to what the measure is all about and that's how its set up," she said.

Meanwhile this Friday, the Guam Election Commission is set to mail out 52,000 information pamphlets on the medicinal marijuana measure.
  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy holds book drive

    Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy holds book drive

    She did it all For the love of books. Miss Earth Guam 2018 Emma Mae Sheedy held a book drive at UPI Elementary this week. For over one month, she collected more than 13 hundred lightly used books to help teach children the importance of reading and reusing. Emma also posting about her time with the youngsters on social media, stating, "The smiles on the students faces were unforgettable and remind me why I love being Miss Earth."More >>
    She did it all For the love of books. Miss Earth Guam 2018 Emma Mae Sheedy held a book drive at UPI Elementary this week. For over one month, she collected more than 13 hundred lightly used books to help teach children the importance of reading and reusing. Emma also posting about her time with the youngsters on social media, stating, "The smiles on the students faces were unforgettable and remind me why I love being Miss Earth."More >>
  • Utilities leaders detail increase to power rate

    Utilities leaders detail increase to power rate

    Valentine's Day may have just passed, but you're probably not loving your power bill. In an informational briefing today, GPA General Manager John Benavente and CCU Chair Joey Duenas appeared before Senators Telena Nelson and Regine Biscoe Lee to discuss current GPA concerns - one of them being power rate increases. As of this month, the fuel surcharge known as LEAC was raised to 14.7 cents per kilowatt, adding about $30 to the average power bill. And starting May 1, residents can an...More >>
    Valentine's Day may have just passed, but you're probably not loving your power bill. In an informational briefing today, GPA General Manager John Benavente and CCU Chair Joey Duenas appeared before Senators Telena Nelson and Regine Biscoe Lee to discuss current GPA concerns - one of them being power rate increases. As of this month, the fuel surcharge known as LEAC was raised to 14.7 cents per kilowatt, adding about $30 to the average power bill. And starting May 1, residents can an...More >>
  • Reprioritization authority main component of Aguon bill

    Reprioritization authority main component of Aguon bill

    Facing tough decisions after looming budget cuts, one lawmaker introduced a measure that would give GovGuam authority to reprioritize. Senator Frank Aguon Jr. introduced Bill 247 known as the Government Priorities Act of 2018. If signed into law, it would put Education, Health, and Public Safety as top priorities and group other agencies that can possibly be merged or even abolished. The Act would allow the Governor to take those necessary measures by means of an executive order. Yo...More >>
    Facing tough decisions after looming budget cuts, one lawmaker introduced a measure that would give GovGuam authority to reprioritize. Senator Frank Aguon Jr. introduced Bill 247 known as the Government Priorities Act of 2018. If signed into law, it would put Education, Health, and Public Safety as top priorities and group other agencies that can possibly be merged or even abolished. The Act would allow the Governor to take those necessary measures by means of an executive order. Yo...More >>
Powered by Frankly