Up to 28 grams and 6 plants for personal use
New tropical destination for cannabis users. Guam, a tropical island owned by the United States, has approved the regulation of a legal market for recreational cannabis.
Guam is the 13th US territory to liberalize the plant and the third to make a decision without a referendum.
Once the legalization of cannabis has been approved in the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the largest and most southern in the Mariana Islands, does so too.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed the legalization bill last Thursday, a week after it was passed by a narrow majority of eight to seven. This law will allow people aged 21 and over to have up to 28 grams and to grow up to six plants.
“We need to regulate the most common 'illegal' plant in society,” the governor said. "We need to control, monitor its use and consequences, take advantage of its medical benefits, and allow our residents to live in a safer environment," she added.
People won't be able to buy legally until regulations are developed by the new Cannabis Control Board and approved by the Legislature.
Guam's economy is based mainly on the tourism industry thanks to its heavenly beaches and its underwater world which attracts divers from all over the world. Guam approved medical cannabis in 2014.
The council has up to a year to set the rules and oversee the law on cannabis testing, manufacturing, licensing and packaging.