Guam’s cannabis board completes review of draft rules; penalty provisions pending

Guam’s cannabis board completes review of draft rules; penalty provisions pending

The Cannabis Control Board on Thursday completed its review of the draft recreational cannabis regulations, with the caveat that provisions on civil penalties will be added later, among other things.

“It’s very difficult to regulate (an industry) when there is no penalty or teeth to the regulations,” said CCB Vice Chairwoman Dafne Shimuzu, who’s also the director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation.

Additional feedback from the Guam Fire Department and the Guam Police Department will also be weighed later, as board members were pressed for time to get the draft rules moving.

The 2019 law that legalized recreational cannabis on Guam required the board to adopt the rules within a year, or by early April 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic set that back.

The rules can only be finalized and adopted after the public has the chance to review it.

No public hearings have been set because the draft rules still have to go through other reviews.

CCB Chairwoman Vanessa Williams said the next step is for the draft rules to be sent to the Compiler of Laws for organization and cohesion, and a preliminary cost assessment by the Bureau of Budget and Management Research. [The Guam Daily Post]

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