It looks like 2017 is the year that marijuana legalization finally takes off – a full three years after Guam voters approved the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
During the waning days of the 33rd Guam Legislature, senators passed Bill 343-33, which provides for the rules and regulations of the medicinal marijuana program. Gov. Eddie Calvo then allowed the bill to lapse into law.
Calvo, however, vetoed a related piece of legislation, Bill 344, which would have allowed qualified patients or caregivers to grow marijuana at home for medicinal use.
The governor then made a surprise move, announcing that he is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana and taxing it heavily to finance costs related to the legalization of medicinal marijuana, as well as fund other pressing government priorities.