Northern Mariana Islands Legislature Authorizes Expense to Legislate and Regulate Cannabis for Grownup and Medical Use; Procedure Now Visits the Senate

The Northern Mariana Islands Legislature approved a bill Wednesday to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult and medical use. It now heads back to the Senate, which approved a similar proposition in May.

H.B. No. 20-178, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero (R-Saipan), was approved 18-1-1 in the House. A comprehensive summary of the bill is available on the Marijuana Policy Job’s website. In summary, the legislation:

enables grownups 21 and older and patients with certain medical conditions to have minimal quantities of marijuana (one ounce), marijuana-infused products (16 ounces in strong form, 72 ounces in liquid form), and cannabis extracts (five grams);

allows grownups 21 and older and patients with specific medical conditions to have limited amounts of marijuana (one ounce), marijuana-infused products (16 ounces in solid kind, 72 ounces in liquid kind), and marijuana extracts (5 grams);.

develops a Homegrown Marijuana Computer System Registry, through which adults and clients can register to grow a restricted variety of cannabis plants (six mature and 12 immature or up to two times that amount in the case of medical need) for personal use;.

directs the legislature to enact taxes and charges on all marijuana offered by a manufacturer, along with an excise tax on retail sales of cannabis for adult use (medical marijuana is exempt);.

provides for 6 kinds of managed cannabis services: manufacturers, testing centers, processors, retailers, wholesalers, and lounges; and.

develops a nine-member selected CNMI Marijuana Commission, which will work as the regulative firm supervising business cannabis and hemp.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands would be the very first U.S. territory to legislate and control cannabis for adult usage. Such laws have actually been embraced by citizens in 8 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Legislators in Vermont and voters in D.C. have actually adopted laws making cannabis belongings and cultivation legal for grownups, but not controling commercial production or sales. Declaration from Gerry Hemley, co-founder of Sensible CNMI:” The real essence of legalization has constantly had to do with having safe and legal access to cannabis without worry of arrest and harassment. This thoughtful legislation will control, manage, and tax marijuana in a way that resembles alcohol. It was thoroughly crafted to improve public health, secure kids, and keep our communities safe. We hope senators will join their Home associates in supporting this commonsense procedure.” Declaration from Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Job: “We praise CNMI legislators for keeping this crucial legislation alive and moving it forward. Taking marijuana off the prohibited market and regulating its production and sale will enhance public health and safety. Patients with incapacitating conditions who might benefit from marijuana should have consistent access to quality-controlled medication. The Senate now has an opportunity to make history by signing off on the bill and sending it to Gov. Torres.” # # # The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest cannabis policy company. For more details, go to https://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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