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June 27, 2016

Health Chairman Recommends Rejection of the Proposed Rules and Regulations;

Seeks Simultaneous Introduction of New Measure Addressing Stakeholder Concerns.

Tamuning, Guam.  In a June 22, 2016 letter to Sub-committee Chairperson, Senator Tina Muna-Barnes, Health Committee Chairman, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., recommended the rejection of the proposed rules and regulations for the Joaquin (KC) Conception II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.

Among the concerns raised by Rodriguez is the issue that the proposed draft rules contain provisions outside of, or in addition to the enabling statute, contains contradictory definitions and language, and may as well inadvertently impose undesirable burdens’ upon caregivers and patients alike.

Rodriguez wrote,  "there are numerous valid concerns relative to the legitimate medical validation for prospective patients, cultivation and dispensing monitoring, what is deemed exorbitant permittion costs, as well as access and costs of laboratory monitoring for health and safety purposes." 

In an effort to ensure the potentially deficient proposed rules and regulations do not lapse into law, the Health Committee Chair recommends that the proposal be formally rejected and that a new measure be simultaneously introduced to address the concerns and suggestions raised by stakeholders.

"I thank Senator Barnes for her tireless efforts to get us this far.  I share her desires to ensure the rules we adopt are all encompassing and addresses the concerns raised by our people.  The best course of action would be to reject the current proposal and diligently work towards drafting rules and regulations that accurately reflect the intent and mandates voted into law by our people," Rodriguez stated.

Senator Rodriguez is committed to working with Senator Barnes and other colleagues to draft new rules and regulations using the proposal proffered by the Department of Public Health submitted as a working draft template.

"Lots of hard work and research went into developing the proposed rules and regulations.  I thank those who've had a hand in this and assure them that their efforts will be duly considered in developing a final version.  I also thank our people for their patience with us in getting this implemented.  We need to ensure this is done right, taking into consideration all the components that are needed to support this complex program," Rodriguez concluded.