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GEC preparing response to medicinal marijuana lawsuit

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Guam Election Commission is preparing its response to a federal lawsuit filed last week in regards to the medicinal marijuana question. As we reported, Attorney Howard Trapp filed a writ of prohibition with the District Court of Guam petitioning to take the legislative-submitted referendum off the general election ballot.

Executive director Maria Pangelinan explains part of what legal counsel Jeff Cook will include in his response, saying, "I think one of the things that concerns us is should the District Court order come down that it should not be on the ballot part of the request is to ask should the District Court order that, we are respectfully requesting we leave (the medicinal marijuana) on the ballot but we won't count it, it won't be tabulated."

The response is due on October 7. The GEC in the meantime is still proceeding forward with mailing out the informational pamphlets on the Proposal 14a. Today, over 45,000 pamphlets were delivered to the Barrigada Post Office and should be in voter mailboxes by Monday at the latest. Several other pamphlets will be delivered to the Mayors Offices, the Guam Legislature, the court, the GEC office and with voter registrars.

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