GUAM: Voters in the Pacific territory of Guam have backed legalising medical marijuana, despite opposition from governor Eddie Calvo, early results from a referendum showed Wednesday.
About 56 percent of islanders were in favour of the move, according to preliminary results from the referendum held Tuesday to coincide with a scheduled gubernatorial election, which Calvo won in a landslide.
Senator Tina Muna Barnes, who put forward the proposal, said allowing medical marijuana was not a precursor to approving the drug for recreational use.
“Guam is not ready for that,” the Democrat, who serves in the Guam legislature, told the Pacific Daily News. “This is all for the right reasons, lots of families are looking for ways to keep their loved ones out of pain.”