Remengasau backs medical pot, bucks recreational use

Koror (Pacific Note)- President Tommy Remengesau is most likely to support a proposed legislation legalizing medical marijuana but only if there will proper safeguards in place to ensure that it serves its intended purpose.

He however said will not back a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana. President Remengesau made this disclosure at the leadership meeting between the national and Koror state governments on Tuesday.

A medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Olbiil Era Kelulau only for medicinal use purposes.

“The use of marijuana for medical purposes requires legislation by the Olbiil Era Kelulau,” Remengesau said. He said that there should information and data gathering to help the House and the Senate in their deliberations.

“I believe that none of us here is against medicinal marijuana or want to deny its useful health benefits,” Remengesau said.

The president was responding to one of the traditional leader’s Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons comments during the meeting regarding the possibility of marijuana becoming an export commodity and a source of income for Palau.