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Guam regulators argue with tourism officials over cannabis sales and ads

Guam's tourism bureau does not want cannabis use, advertising and sales in Tumon to protect its family-friendly image, but a member of the Cannabis Control Board on Monday said the tourist district has strip bars and massage parlors.

"You know the smell to me of hypocrisy is stronger than the waft of cannabis in the air," Cannabis Control Board member Adrian Cruz said during Monday's meeting of the board tasked to roll up Guam's cannabis industry rules.

The board convened for the first time since the close of the public comment period on the draft 133-page industry rules.

Cruz, the deputy director of the Department of Agriculture, said the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted tourism, reinforced the need to pursue other industries.


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