Despite Legislature’s passage of Bill 32, archdiocese reiterates dangers of legalizing recreational pot

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By Umatuna Si Yu’os Staff

The Archdiocese of Agaña is not wavering in its position that legalizing recreational marijuana will produce great harm on island despite the 35th Guam Legislature’s passage of Bill 32 this week.

Senators voted to approve Bill 32 on the legalization of recreational marijuana by a vote of 8-7 Wednesday night, Mar. 27. The bill was sent to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero the following day. She has 10 days from the point it was received, to sign or reject it.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes and the archdiocese will continue to communicate its warnings of the dangers of drug abuse to our civic leaders – most especially the governor – and the community in general, said Tony Diaz, the director of communications.

One of the archdiocese’s many concerns is that with legalization of recreational marijuana, the presence of pot on Guam will multiple in great proportions. Marijuana is already getting into the hands of children as young as elementary, said Diaz. Legalizing recreational marijuana will make it much easier for our youth to use pot, he added.

Voting in favor of the bill were Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, Sen. Clynt Ridgell, Sen. Joe San Agustin, Sen. Kelly Marsh, Sen. Telo Taitague, Sen. Louise Muna, Sen. Jose Terlaje, and Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee. Senators voting against it were Vice Speaker Telena Nelson, Sen. Therese Terlaje, Sen. James Moylan, Sen. Wil Castro, Sen. Amanda Shelton, Sen. Sabina Perez, and Sen. Mary Torres.