Guam one step closer to creating cannabis Industry
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Public Health Director Arthur San Agustin has contracted Metrc to provide lab tests and other regulatory systems mandated by law, bringing Guam's cannabis industry closer to reality.
“Our healthcare and regulatory professionals have been working collaboratively with their partners in the United States to help us reach this important milestone,” San Agustin said.
Metrc’s system combines advanced software, radio-frequency identification, a dedicated customer support team, and a secure database to track cannabis from growth, harvest and processing, to testing, transport and sale.
“With the selection of Metrc as our provider, we now can begin to build the framework of Guam’s cannabis regulatory system. We look forward to working cohesively in creating an industry that will cultivate medical treatment and revenue for the people of Guam," San Agustin said.
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Metrc holds exclusive government contracts in various areas of the United States, including Alaska, California and Washington, D.C. While these regions have diverse regulatory frameworks, they share the goal of creating safe, legal cannabis markets. Metric serves over 250,000 users, including growers, testing facilities, dispensaries, state regulators, and law enforcement officials across 15 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.
“Over the last decade, we have seen substantial evidence that cannabis has medicinal benefits. With the final review by our Cannabis Control Board on the rules and regulations for the industry, we can more efficiently control recreational use and ensure safe and regulated products,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero. “The cannabis industry will benefit our community by funding expanded public services in health and public safety, and providing alternative treatment and rehabilitation for people who need it.”
“As an island territory and tourism hotspot, Guam’s cannabis market faces unique challenges when it comes to regulation and oversight,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio.
“We are excited for this historic partnership between DPHSS and Metrc, which will assist our government in executing the secure and responsible implementation of our cannabis industry on Guam, and further provide us with the tools we need to ensure our success.”
“We’re excited to rise to the challenge of this unique regulatory opportunity. Metrc is thrilled to partner with the Department of Public Health and Social Services as Guam builds its medical marijuana market,"said Jeff Wells, CEO of Metrc.
"We look forward to working with both regulators and licensed business owners to implement the island’s first regulatory track-and-trace program. We are proud to play a leading role in ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s legal cannabis market,” he added.