Public can start weighing in on cannabis rules and regulations

The Cannabis Control Board has started to accept public comment, by email, on the proposed rules and regulations for the recreational cannabis …

The Cannabis Control Board has started to accept public comment, by email, on the proposed rules and regulations for the recreational cannabis industry, with three public hearings also scheduled for Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

The public hearings will be hosted in a conference room at the governor’s office, with limited seating because of pandemic restrictions. Those who want to provide oral comment can contact the cannabis board, also by email, to schedule a date and time to testify either online or in person.

Board member William Parkinson, center, an advocate for patients, addresses other members of the Cannabis Control Board during their inaugural meeting, held at Adelup, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The email address, announced during Thursday’s board meeting, is guamccb@revtax.guam.gov.

Board members decided to limit public comment to 15 minutes per person to allow as many people as possible to speak. At least one board member will be physically present at the hearings, they decided, but most will attend the hearings online. The board said it will issue a written statement about the hearings.

The public hearings, which originally were scheduled for Nov. 12, 13 and 14, have been rescheduled to Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. The hearings Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 are from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. The Nov. 21 hearing is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Board Vice Chairwoman Dafne Shimizu, who is director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, said the hearings were pushed back because the board was unable to secure a meeting site.

The board also has not completed a mandatory statement about the cannabis industry’s expected financial impact on the government agencies responsible for regulating it.

Rev and Tax and the Department of Agriculture have submitted their impact statements, but the Department of Public Health and Social Services has not completed its impact statement. The public health agency expects to have the information ready by next Friday and will be assisted by Rev and Tax.