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Governor eager to ‘move forward’ on cannabis law

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres expects to see a copy of the bill that would amend the cannabis law this week.

H.B. 21-13, as amended by the Senate, was passed on Aug. 2, 2019. Introduced by House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan, the bill aims to address the concerns raised by the governor when he signed the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018 which legalizes recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth.

In a press conference at his office on Tuesday, the governor said he had discussed H.B. 21-13 with the attorney general.

“It is almost on my desk,” Torres said. “I am confident I should be receiving it this week.”

He said he will review the bill and “if things go well, I will be signing it probably by Monday.”

But before he makes that decision, the governor said he will consult the members of the Commonwealth Cannabis Commission and lawmakers themselves.

“I hope we can move forward on this legislation, and start promulgating rules and regulations,” the governor said. “It’s time to get our feet off the ground.”

Once H.B. 21-13 becomes law, the Commonwealth Cannabis Commission members will come up with the rules for the cannabis industry.

The members of the commission are Nadine Deleon Guerrero, Lawrence Duponcheel, Valentino Taisakan, Matt Deleon Guerrero, and Thomas Songsong.