Cannabis

“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.

CNMI Cannabis Commission

The CNMI Cannabis Commission was created by CNMI Public Law 20-66, the Taulumwaar Sensible Cannabis Act of 2018, as amended by CNMI Public Law 21-05, that legalized the possession, use, and sale of cannabis in the CNMI.

Chair: Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero
Vice-Chair: Matthew O. Deleon Guerrero
Secretary: Journie M. Hofschneider
Treasurer: Valentino N. Taisacan
Member: Thomas L. Songsong

Managing Director: Monique B. Sablan

Application Submission Location and Office Hours:

Applicants can submit their completed Cannabis License application package or Homegrown Marijuana Registry application to the following locations:

Applicants applying in SAIPAN can submit their commercial and noncommercial applications to the following location:

DIVISION OF PERMITTING AND LICENSING
COMMONWEALTH CASINO COMMISSION
UNIT 13 & 14F SPRINGS PLAZA
GUALO RAI, SAIPAN
TUESDAY – THURSDAY FROM 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

Applicants applying in TINIAN can submit their commercial and noncommercial applications to the following location:

CUSTOMER SERVICE INTAKE WINDOW
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE – TINIAN
SAN JOSE VILLAGE, TINIAN
TUESDAY – THURSDAY FROM 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

Applicants applying in ROTA can submit their commercial and noncommercial applications to the following location:

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LIYO, SONGSONG VILLAGE, ROTA
TUESDAY – THURSDAY FROM 9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

Contact Information:

For more information or questions about the Cannabis Licensing Application or Homegrown
Marijuana Registry Application, please e-mail the following:

MAILING ADDRESS:
PO BOX 500135
SAIPAN, MP 96950

SAIPAN: info@cnmicannabis.org
TINIAN: cannabistinian@gmail.com
ROTA: thomas.cnmicannabiscomm@gmail.com

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