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Senate forms Cannabis & Gaming Committee

THE Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution, S.R. 21-5, creating a Cannabis and Gaming Committee which will consist of six members.

Its duty is to consider and report on all bills, resolutions and other matters pertaining to cannabis in the CNMI; the impact of the cannabis industry as well as gaming in the Commonwealth, including the hotel casino, poker machines, electronic gaming, internet gaming and all other gaming activities.

The new committee is also tasked to look into the effects and the impact of the cannabis and gaming industries on families and communities; implications for regulatory mechanisms; revenue collection; community welfare and consumer protection.

S.R. 21-5 also increases to six from five the members of the Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programs; the Committee on Judiciary, Government, Law, and Federal Relations; the Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations; the Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare; and the Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation, and Communications.

Asked who will chair the Cannabis & Gaming Committee, Senate President Victor Hocog said he doesn’t know yet, adding that he needs to consult the other members of the leadership.

Variety, however, was told that Hocog is poised to appoint Sen. Teresita Santos as chair of the new committee.