Guam residents voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana last November during the general election. The Guam Health Department is in charge of developing the rules and regulations for the medical program.
Over the past few months, Guam health officials have visited California and Arizona to learn from their medical marijuana systems. The officials have also communicated with community stakeholders to hear feedback and suggestions for the program.
Once the regulations are finalized, they will need final approval from the Legislature.
According to the proposed draft, potential patients must be suffering from at least one of the following conditions:
- Damage to nervous tissue of the spinal cord
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Terminally ill patients could qualify for medical marijuana as well, without dealing with one of the aforementioned illnesses. Minors, under the guidance of a caregiver, would also be allowed to partake in the medical marijuana program.
The draft proposes that a license to grow, possess or use marijuana would be required for all patients, caregivers, and cannabis businesses.