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Executives take the stage at Guam Cannabis Expo 2021, Oka Park-N-Play, Tamuning, July 10, 2021.

The Cannabis Control Board, which passed rules and regulations for the island’s recreational cannabis industry last November, made several changes to the rules that were originally unveiled to the public in November 2020.

The board of directors eliminated, among other things, the government’s extensive powers to seize cannabis products and expanded the list of approved fertilizers and growing materials.

As currently written, the rules allow a small cannabis grower – with a growing area of ​​500 square feet or less – to license for $ 1,600 in initial fees. The largest grow facilities up to 10,000 square feet will pay $ 30,000 in initial fees.

Jenelyn Abinales, right, tries products at the Cannababe 671 booth of Chantel Tingzon, left, at the Guam Cannabis Expo 2021, Oka Park-N-Play, Tamuning, July 10, 2021.

The money raised from licenses and fees, as well as cannabis consumption taxes, will aid government enforcement of the industry.

The board decided to slightly lower startup royalties for cannabis manufacturing facilities from $ 15,000 to $ 12,000, but keep cannabis retail store fees unchanged at $ 15,000.

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Recreational marijuana has been legal in Guam since 2019, and eligible adults can own limited amounts in public and grow and consume at home. It is still illegal to sell or trade marijuana for anything of value until the rules and regulations are in place and the government issues licenses to growers, manufacturers, testing facilities, and retail stores.

Although the Cannabis Board passed the rules and regulations on November 12th, the island’s recreational cannabis industry will not be able to start for at least a few more months as the rules have not yet been submitted to the legislature for a mandatory 90-day review period by lawmakers.


The governor’s office announced on Nov. 10 that the Department of Public Health and Social Services has signed a contract with Metrc to provide the government with cannabis tracking services for the sale of seeds.

Cannabis and cannabis products may not be sold unless they are tested in a licensed testing facility.

The Cannabis Board held public hearings on the proposed rules and regulations in November 2020 and then spent more than a year revising the document based on public input and advice from the board.

Here are some of the changes and additions to the rules that were passed in November:

  • Adds a definition of “adult-only facility” which is a location or venue restricted to people aged 21 and over where cannabis companies are allowed to advertise;
  • Expands the types of nutrients and materials that can be used to grow cannabis. As originally written, the rules mainly focused on growing cannabis in the soil and did not refer to materials and nutrients used in hydroponic growing;
  • Eliminates the blanket authority of the government to “confiscate and detain non-compliant cannabis and cannabis products without legal process”. Under the revised regulations, cannabis may only be seized if grown with prohibited fertilizers or pesticides, or if a company that makes cannabis products for another company does not complete the job and is not paid within 30 days;
  • Authorizes the Department of Revenue and Taxation to fine companies for violating the rules and revoke licenses after the fourth violation. The original version of the rules only allowed the Cannabis Control Board to impose fines and revoke licenses.