Guam Residents Vote In Favor of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

4th November 2014 - Guam has become the first US territory to legalize medical marijuana, with more than 56 percent of the voters supporting the initiative.

With the approval of the Joaquin Conception II Compassionate Use Act of 2013, the government will now be required to draw up rules and regulations for the dispensing and use of the drug. The initiative was originally faced with legal hurdles, however the self-governing territory’s Supreme Court ultimately pushed it through to the ballot.

“That’s great news, and a positive omen, for marijuana reform efforts across the country,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Guam is quite conservative politically, and home to a significant US military presence, so this resounding victory is a confirmation of medical marijuana’s broad support across the political spectrum.”

Under Guam’s measure, a qualified patient can possess an “adequate supply” of marijuana, defined as three months. The Department of Public Health and Social Services would be responsible for quantifying a three-month supply of the drug. Guam’s law will require doctors to certify in writing that marijuana is an appropriate prescription for a patient.

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