Sen. Dennis Rodriguez is asking for participation from anyone who wants to make sure the rules of Guam's new medical cannabis industry are done right. He wants residents to look at the draft rules, and start sending him their comments and suggestions for changes at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Anyone can access a draft of the medical cannabis rules and regulations that the Department of Public Health and Social Services put together. Simply click on THIS LINK, or 

  1. go to www.guamlegislature.com
  2. click on "Bills," 
  3. choose "34th Guam Legislature," 
  4. then find and click on Bill No. 210-34. That bill contains the draft.

 

This is the draft that will receive two public hearings and a markup meeting through the first half of December before the full Legislature either passes or passes up a final set of rules.

 

"The rules that Public Health proposed can very well change if citizens come to the table and propose reasonable changes," Sen. Rodriguez said. "My committee wants to hear as many relevant viewpoints as possible. We want there to be a healthy debate about these rules. Every rule has to make sense. At the end of the day, these rules need to govern an industry in a way that provides the best care for patients. This is about the patients."

 

The senator is asking residents to read the rules and send him their suggestions and changes prior to the first public hearing, which is next week Tuesday, December 5.

 

"This is your chance to change whatever you don't like about these rules BEFORE they go into effect," the senator wrote on his Facebook page, 'People First - Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.' "Please email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions or concerns or proposed changes you want to make to these rules."

 
Two public hearings and a public markup have been scheduled tentatively for the medical cannabis program's draft rules and regulations. Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. hopes his committee can report out a final draft for the legislature's approval before Christmas.
 
"What comes of this will be a newly-regulated industry, so I'm hoping for the best minds on all sides of this issue to participate in these hearings and markup," Sen. Rodriguez said. "I'm inviting everyone to the table."
 
In anticipation of Rules Committee referral to the senator's committee, Rodriguez has scheduled the following on the legislative calendar:
 
First public hearing
Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Guam Congress Building
The committee will receive testimony for the first time on the draft rules and regulations. Comments from this hearing will form the foundation for discussions during the public markup.
 
Public markup meeting
To be scheduled between the two public hearings; to be announced.
The committee will facilitate debate on the draft rules and regulations, starting with the sections of the draft most contested during the first public hearing. The result of this discussion and debate will be changes, or the markup, of the draft, and its transformation into a final draft. This markup will be publicly distributed in time for all interested to go over and comment during the second public hearing.
 
Second public hearing
Thursday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Guam Congress Building
This is when the final draft of the rules and regulations will be publicly heard, in case substantial changes were made to the first draft. The committee likely will report the bill with the marked up and final draft rules and regulations to the full Legislature for consideration.
 
You may find the draft rules and regulations attached to Bill No. 210-34 on the Legislature's website, www.guamlegislature.com, or by clicking the following link: Medical cannabis draft rules & regulations.
 
 

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