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Muna: Marijuana home grow bill on way

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 4:30 PM Updated:

Grow your own – for medicinal purposes. That could be the case if Senator Louise Muna’s marijuana home cultivation bill makes it out of the Legislature. According to Senator Muna, the bill would provide interim relief for those who continue to wait for medical marijuana.

 “Over 19,000 people already voted for this to happen, and we’re still waiting,” Muna said. “At this point, we’ve discussed with some of the stakeholders like Public Health and even the chair of health that there really is no site for a lab at this point – and even if we do have something – where we going to get the money for it? So at this time we’re looking at getting the people - the qualified patients - to obtain permits to actually grow it themselves.”

Guam voters overwhelmingly voted for medical marijuana in 2014 and in February of this year, Governor Eddie Calvo signed rules and regulations for medicinal marijuana into law. Full implementation of the law has lagged because of the lack of an independent testing laboratory that would oversee testing of medicinal marijuana grown on Guam.

Muna says her bill would allow qualified, certified patients to grow their own.

 “Right now, we’re looking at three flowering plants and six mature plants – we’re looking at that,” Muna said. “Again, it can still be tweaked, but this is what we’re looking at to start with.”

According to Muna, the bill would benefit patients who need medicinal marijuana now. As far as support for her bill, Muna said she’s been working on the give-and-take it takes to get the bill through the Legislature and down to Adelup.

“I’m working on that, Muna said. “What I don’t want to do is introduce a bill that won’t be passed, so that’s what I’m really trying to do – I’m trying to feel out all my colleagues and see if there’s a way that maybe we can amend it so that it’s more palatable for them.”

Muna plans to introduce the bill this week.

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