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Educate: Ensure Voters Know What They Need To On Medical Marijuana

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Guam - Gov. Eddie Calvo should sign Bill 215 into law, to put the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana in voters' hands in the November General Election. The question that would be on the ballot is: "Do you support the Joaquin 'KC' Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013?" The two options for voters are "yes" and "no."

The aim of Bill 215 is to provide some relief to patients who would benefit from the effects of marijuana -- those with cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tissue damage, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases and disorders. Sen. Tina Muña Barnes, D-Mangilao, and Sen. Aline Yamashita, R-Tamuning, introduced the measure last year.

If the bill becomes law, the Legislature would have 45 days to provide arguments for and against legalized medical marijuana. These would be included in an informational pamphlet to be distributed to all voters, according to Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan. If the Legislature fails to provide the required arguments, the question won't go to voters.

If the question goes before voters, it's imperative lawmakers conduct thorough research and analysis on legalizing medicinal marijuana, so that voters can make the most informed decision. Lawmakers also must provide supplemental funding to the Election Commission so it can conduct the necessary educational campaign. The commission doesn't have money in its budget to do this.

This is an important issue, and voters need to make an informed decision. Information should include what the impact has been on communities that have similar laws. Voters also should know the cost of implementing the measure. If legislators are going to pass this off to voters, then those legislators have a responsibility to ensure that voters are educated on, and understand all sides of, the issue.


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