Guam commission approves marijuana on ballot

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The Guam Election Commission has approved an effort to let voters decide whether to legalize medical marijuana.

The certification Thursday will put the question on the November general election ballot.

Pacific Daily News (http://is.gd/QNSJMS) reports the commission and Guam Legislature have been at odds over the issue in the past few months. The commission had refused to place it on the ballot, challenging an untested process in which lawmakers ask voters to decide whether a bill should become law.

The certification followed an opinion Tuesday by the Guam Supreme Court that says the Legislature can use its powers for such legislative submissions.

The language in the medical marijuana bill asked the commission to certify the measure as a binding referendum, which requires more votes to pass than a legislative submission.

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