Updated on January 28, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Guam is one of the many countries that has acknowledged the medical use of marijuana. But, like many of these nations, it has only approved of cannabis medicine for a short time. So, patients may have a hard time figuring out if they qualify.
Patients with certain medical conditions can apply for Guam’s medical marijuana registry. You can receive cannabis medicine if you have:
If you don’t have one of the ailments listed above, you could still qualify for Guam’s medical marijuana program. Patients in hospice care become automatically eligible, regardless of their diagnosis. You can also join the registry if you have another condition or symptoms your doctor thinks medicinal cannabis could treat.
Entering Guam’s medical marijuana registry involves completing the right paperwork and working with a doctor you trust. The different types of medical marijuana cards have similar application processes — for example, cultivators and dispensaries must take the same steps as patients, just with different documentation.
Aspiring patients can get a medical cannabis card application online or from the Department of Public Health & Social Services office. Fill out your personal information on the form, then take the accompanying certification paper to your physician. If they believe you qualify, they will complete it by testifying they have a bona fide doctor-patient relationship with you.
When you submit your application, make sure to also turn in proof of residency and any caregiver designations. Also include the required payment — new registrations cost $15, and renewals cost $10.
At the time of writing, Guam’s medical marijuana laws have not been officially implemented. While patients, providers and businesses can apply for the medicinal cannabis program, they can’t use it to access medicine. Since Guam doesn’t have finalized regulations, future laws could vary from what the government has discussed. However, we can still learn about the access laws on the table.
When Guam’s legislation is finally implemented, patients will be able to get their medicine from a certified dispensary. Dispensaries also register through the medical marijuana program, and they can deliver to patients if they complete the proper clearances. If you need someone else to buy your medicinal cannabis for you, you can designate a caregiver to visit the dispensary for you.
Guamanians may not have the liberty to grow their own medicine when the program officially starts — a proposed home cultivation bill was vetoed in 2016.
As long as a patient follows the rules of Guam’s medical marijuana program, they can’t undergo punishment for certain drug charges. The state assumes any patient with a certification and a legal amount of cannabis medicine is using marijuana for medical reasons. As long as you possess under the 2.5-ounce limit, you can’t get in trouble for medicating.
However, registered patients still can’t conduct some marijuana-related activities even when they have a certification. For example, they can’t use their medicine in public spaces. They also can’t operate a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.
We may work out of the United States, but here at MarijuanaDoctors.com, we strive to spread knowledge about cannabis medicine all over the world. Our condition pages can help you understand your health problems, as well as how to treat them with medical marijuana. Then, further educate yourself about how to access medicinal cannabis where you live by following our blog.