By Associated Press
(AP) — The governor of Guam has signed into law recreational use of marijuana on the U.S. island territory, located in the Western Pacific.
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the bill just a week after the Legislature narrowly passed the legislation that allows people ages 21 and older to possess up to an ounce (28 grams), the Pacific Daily News reported. The law allows growing as many as six plants for personal use and prohibits people from using marijuana in public or driving under the influence.
People won’t be able to legally purchase marijuana until regulations are developed by the new Cannabis Control Board and approved by the Legislature.
The board has up to year to form the rules. The law tasks the nine-member board with overseeing cannabis testing, manufacturing, licensing and packaging.
Guam also needs a cannabis testing facility before sales can begin, Sen. Clynt Ridgell said.
“This has been and continues to be a community issue, but the fight is not over yet,” Ridgell said in a statement. “I invite the public to remain focused on continuing to provide input in the development of the rules and regulations by the Cannabis Control Board for safe, adult use cannabis.”
Under the law, employers can still enforce drug-free workplaces.
“Nothing changes in the policies of our workplace as responsible businesses and agencies,” the governor said. “We must continue to enforce zero-tolerance of substance abuse in the workplace.”
Guam voters approved medical marijuana in 2014.