Governor weighs pros and cons of legalizing recreational pot


"When I medicate, I can wake up and don’t feel like killing myself in the morning," said cannabis advocate John Concepcion as he addressed Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Acting Lt. Gov. Tina Muna Barnes, and others in attendance at an open community meeting regarding Bill 32-35.

As it happened, Bill 32-35, titled the Guam Cannabis Industry Act of 2019, was about to be passed on a vote of 8-7 at the legislature in Hagatna as the community meeting at which Concepcion spoke proceeded.

The bill introduced by Sen. Clynt Ridgell, would allow the recreational use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older and authorize its production and sale, provided it is regulated for public health, welfare, safety and taxation purposes.

Like Concepcion many citizens have either an opinion, experience or outlook regarding marijuana use. As such, and with legislation that can drastically alter the legality and prevalence of marijuana consumption pending her signature, Gov. Leon Guerrero opened up a meeting room in Adelup for citizens on both sides to voice their thoughts on the matter.

Those in opposition were largely man’amko and these senior citizens were equipped with anecdotes about the alleged “gateway effect” of marijuana, leading to the use of harder drugs. Negative impacts on a community were cited from observations of Chicag