11 Nov 2010

CNMI governor gives conditional nod to marijuana legalisation bill

4:29 pm on 11 November 2010

The Northern Marianas Governor says he supports the House of Representatives-passed marijuana bill, but only if the intent is to legalise the drug for medicinal use.

Benigno Fitial says he may sign it if the measure is passed by the Senate.

The governor, however, says he doubts the bill will pass the Senate.

Senators have echoed agencies' concerns that the CNMI will lose millions in federal funds if the bill is passed.