The Cannabis Control Board adopted rules for the recreational marijuana industry Friday and sent them to the Office of the Attorney General for review.
“Hopefully they pass muster and we can get these finally to the Legislature,” Chairwoman Vanessa Williams said during the board’s meeting. “And the timing is right. We now have a seed-to-sale system, something that we can enforce and implement.”
Earlier this week, the Department of Public Health and Social Services announced it had entered into an agreement with Metrc, a company that provides cannabis regulating systems that track cannabis from growth, harvest and processing to testing, transport and sale.
Board members said if the rules and regulations are approved by the AG’s office, they can go straight to the Legislature; they don’t have to go back to the commission for another vote or other action.
At the Legislature, lawmakers will have 90 days to review the rules, which will govern commercial cannabis licensing, cultivation, manufacturing and sales, packaging, labeling and testing and enforcement.
Recreational cannabis was legalized for adults on Guam in 2019. The regulations were supposed to have been ready by April 2020. The pandemic, and the stress it put on government resources, delayed the process.