Article by Tom Angell, Marijuana.com
Less than a month after making headlines by suddenly endorsing marijuana legalization, the Republican governor of Guam is now actively writing legislation to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. territory.
In a Facebook post late last week, Gov. Eddie Calvo shared a screenshot of the draft legislation:
“In the interest of promoting the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes and enhancing individual freedom, the use of marijuana should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older and the production and sale of marijuana should be regulated for taxation purposes,” the bill begins.
In a separate Facebook post in December, Calvo turned heads by saying, “I want us to look at how states navigated into recreational marijuana; Let’s figure it out and then tax the heck out of it and use those taxes to help fund our hospital, public safety and education.”
The governor’s call for ending prohibition was particularly surprising because it came just days after he vetoed legislation to allow patients on the island territory of roughly 160,000 people to grow medical marijuana at home, saying that the measure would “impose new and different duties upon our health and law enforcement agencies that will deplete their already strained resources.”