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Senators offer alternatives for medical pot

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 3:43 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.

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.

“We were told pass the rules and regs and investors would flock,” Legislative health chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez said.

“We were hoping that people who had offered a lab – or services for a lab – would come to the table. We haven’t seen any yet,” Muna said.

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

“Right now, we’re looking at three flowering plants and six mature plants,” Muna said.

Rodriguez told KUAM News he won’t roadblock Muna’s bill even if he has reservations about it.

“I’ve never supported home cultivation,” Rodriguez said. “But I do understand why the move to try and get that forward.”

According to Muna, the bill would benefit patients who need medicinal marijuana now – but it’s unclear how the bill will get around the need for public health to make sure medical pot grown is safe for patients. But Rodriguez feels there may still be another way to get medical weed off the ground – and it doesn’t involve homegrown buds.

“A compromise could be – remove the lab requirement, but have it grown in a controlled environment – where the government, public health can still oversee whoever it is that we task to do it, and that’s where patients can be getting their marijuana, their cannabis in the interim,” Rodriguez said.

Muna said she’s trying to get the support her bill needs so it doesn’t go up in smoke.

“I’m working on that, Muna said. “What I don’t want to do is introduce a bill that won’t be passed.”

Muna plans to introduce the bill this week.

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