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Ridgell's medical marijuana license bill gets backing

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Legislation aimed at attracting off-island investors for the local medical marijuana industry drew support at a public hearing Monday. Sen. Clynt Ridgell's bill shortens the residency requirement from three years to one year to apply for a medicinal cannabis license.

It also waives the requirement altogether for investors in a marijuana test laboratory.

Advocates say high costs and uncertain returns have discouraged local investment. Medical marijuana patient Jonathan Savares supports the bill.

"We would love to see it stay local, but at this point in time it’s been four years and no local entity has stood up to make moves," he said. "Ultimately, what it came down to is Guam has to step up and do this or we have to find somebody who will."

Medical marijuana was legalized in a referendum four years ago. A lack of regulations first stalled implementation.

Now it's the absence of a mandatory test laboratory.

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