HAGATNA, GUAM — Eddie Calvo, the Governor for the US territory of Guam, has signed legislation permitting qualified medical cannabis patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home.
Under the new law, applicants can apply to the Department of Health and Social Services to receive a home cultivation permit. Approved applicants may grow up to six mature plants and/or 12 immature plants.
Voters in 2014 approved a ballot measure establishing a medical cannabis program. Under the program, patients with cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, and other qualifying conditions are eligible to obtain cannabis from licensed dispensaries. However, to date, no such facilities are up and running.
Lawmakers say that allowing patients the option to grow marijuana at home is an “interim solution” to address the government’s failure to move the program forward in an expeditious manner.