Senator Rory Respicio is lobbying medical professionals on the island of Guam for their support in legalizing the medical use of marijuana. He believes that he can get the support of Guam Medical Association president-elect Dr. Thomas Shieh and also of Dr. Chris Dombrowski. Dr Dombrowski is a veteran of the medical marijuana debate.
The aptly named Bill 420: The Compassionate Health Care Act of 2010 calls for measures to allow specially licensed doctors to prescribe marijuana to those suffering from debilitating, medical conditions.
Legislation would require the introduction of ‘tools of administration,’ including forms, processes, and regulations, as well as the development of compassionate care centers.
In a letter to his peers, Respicio writes: “There is a large body of evidence that shows that the use of cannabis has brought relief and comfort to a number of suffering individuals. Several have approached me, including some veterans, who believe that cannabis could ease theirand suffering.”
This veteran democrat certainly has a sense of drama; he introduced Bill 420 at 4.20 pm because, the local TV station says, “this is a time internationally recognized as the designated time for recreational smoking of cannabis.” Yes, well…
However, Respicio wants us to know that this levity doesn’t mean he supports the recreational use of cannabis, “We’re not advocating the use of cannabis for recreational types of activity at all,” he clarified.
Not all islanders are supportive of Respicio’s plans. Take Iris Gonzales, for example, “Hell no!” she said, “I mean any Tom Dick and Harry no, no.” Mary Fay Carpio adds, “I don’t think it’s a good idea to legalize marijuana for Guam. It’s a bad influence for the children.”
Let’s leave the last word to Senator Respicio himself, “I just ask the people of Guam to pause for a moment and if they’re afraid of something I am trying to do, they really should be more afraid of something like alcohol and the effects it has on the human mind and body more than the effects marijuana has.”
And so say all of us…