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GVB seeks cannabis bill delay

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The Guam Visitors Bureau has asked The Legislature for help in “postponing any legislative action” on a bill that would legalize cannabis.

GVB General Manager Pilar Laguana, in a letter addressed to Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, said GVB is going to “reach out” to its source markets and travel trade partners to “conduct an impact study gather data on the effects the legalization of cannabis will have on our island and our visitor markets.”

The letter also said two years ago GVB received “generalized feedback” about cannabis legalization from its source markets. The letter said GVB source markets “generally agreed” cannabis may “compromise Guam’s image as a family friendly and safe destination.”

“There were many questions and a lack of substantial data to measure its impact. GVB’s major source markets are very different from the U.S. mainland markets. Asian countries, particularly Japan and Korea, are very conservative about the use of cannabis and promote harsh penalties in its communities,” Laguna writes in the letter.

In asking for a “delay” on Bill 32-35, Laguana writes “GVB is requesting that Bill No. 32-35 be delayed while the bureau commences work on the design, plan and implementation of an assessment with our source markets. We will be gathering their respective views and estimated impacts on how this bill will affect their ability to
promote our island destination.”

The letter does not specify how long of a delay GVB is asking for.

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