“The creation of the cannabis industry is in the best interest of our people, especially those suffering from debilitating illnesses and for the diversification of our island economy. We will ensure that this industry will be properly regulated and enforced to protect our community’s safety and health.”
– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres
Governor Torres has been a proponent for policies that can alleviate pain of patients in the CNMI who suffer from chronic illnesses. After numerous constructive conversations with advocates, business leaders, faith-based organizations, and legislators like Senator Sixto K. Igisomar and Rep. Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero, the Governor supported the creation of an industry that can create cannabis-based products for medicinal use.
He also believed in diversifying the economy beyond tourism by advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana and the establishment of an industry for recreational use and commercial use.
This all culminated in the enactment of the Taulumwaar Sensible Cannabis Act of 2018 and the establishment of the CNMI Cannabis Commission, which recently adopted rules and regulations for the CNMI’s newest industry.
The CNMI Cannabis Commission believes that the CNMI’s current economic climate calls for revenue generating ideas that can help circumvent the shortfall caused by COVID-19. At the onset of the cannabis legalization in the CNMI – recreational, commercial, and medicinal – investor interest was high.
The Torres-Palacios administration recognizes that each CNMI resident is a stakeholder in the industry whether it be through practicing responsible adult cannabis use or in owning a marijuana related business. The Governor and Lt. Governor understand that the top priority for the future of this industry is ensuring a balance between economic diversification and the safety of residents in the Marianas.
For more information, check out the following link:
Recreational Cannabis Fact Sheet