Pacific Daily News reports
Responsible adults can grow and consume recreational marijuana at home, but selling it or trading it for something of value still is illegal, according to the Cannabis Control Board, which on Tuesday approved a list of 10 things the public should know about using it.
“People are saying things like it’s all legal now,” said board member Therese Arriola, who is director of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center. “There’s a lot of misinterpretation,” Arriola said. “We need to make sure that there’s clear statements and understandings out there.”
Rules for cultivation, sale coming April 2020
The board currently is working on rules and regulations for the commercial cultivation, testing and sale of recreational marijuana, but they will not be complete until April 2020. The rules and regulations currently used by Colorado recently were distributed for review, according to Vice Chairwoman Dafne Shimizu, who is the director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation.
The rules for marijuana cultivation will have priority, according to the board, because it will take growers three to nine months to realize their first harvest. In contrast, it will take only a couple of months to set up a lab, they stated. “There has to be the initial crop,” said Adrian Cruz, who is a senior policy advisor to the governor.
During their discussion, board members noted that, while home cultivation is limited to six marijuana plants at a time, you can legally possess unlimited amounts of harvested marijuana at home. Board members voted to omit that fact from the Top 10 list in order to avoid confusion. The final version of the list states it is legal to possess an ounce or less of marijuana on your person or in your vehicle.
Here’s the final version of the list approved by the board:
- Who can use?: Responsible adults, 21 years old and over.
- How much can I have on me or in my vehicle?: Possession is legal 1 ounce or less, or 28 grams, on my person.
- Can I grow cannabis?: Cultivation is allowed on private property in a completely enclosed area and must be out of public sight. You can grow a maximum of six plants but are limited to three mature flowering plants and three plants that are still in a vegetative stage.
- Can I buy or sell cannabis?: No. Retail or bartering is prohibited, but can be gifted up to 1 ounce.
- Where can I smoke?: Smoking or consumption of cannabis is permitted on private property with owner’s permission. Public consumption is prohibited and punishable by law.
- Can I smoke and drive?: No. Smoking under the influence of cannabis is considered impaired driving and is punishable by law.
- How does this affect your job?: Please see your employer’s policy regarding recreational cannabis. The government of Guam is still a drug-free workplace.
- Can I travel with it?: No. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law and is not allowed on federal property.
- Can I import or export marijuana?: No. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law and cannot be mailed.
- Where can I get more information?: For tax rules, go to guamtax.com; for GovGuam employment, go to doa.guam.gov; for treatment and prevention, go to gbhwc.guam.gov.
Board members also voted to send a letter to the Legislature, asking lawmakers to clarify the legal requirement for an economic impact study in connection with recreational marijuana.