12 Sep 2013

Guam discusses decriminalising marijuana

1:25 pm on 12 September 2013

A public hearing held by Guam's Legislature has heard a number of calls for the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use.

The Pacific Daily News reports that those who submitted testimony advocated for medical uses of the drug to relieve symptoms of ailments such as glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Lawmakers are considering a resolution by Senator Tina Muña Barnes calling for the decriminalisation of marijuana.

The father of a local man who died in July of gastric cancer told the hearing that marijuana provided relief to his son for the side effects of 34 treatments chemotherapy.

After the hearing, Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas said that possession and use of an ounce or less of the drug has essentially been decriminalised for 20 years on Guam.

He said the evidence should be presented without emotion when new policy is being considered.