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House panel ready to assist cannabis commission

HOUSE Committee on Cannabis Chairwoman Janet U. Maratita said they are ready to assist the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

In an interview, Maratita also expressed confidence in the five-member cannabis commission which was sworn in by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres last week.

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Reps. Janet Maratita and Tina Sablan discuss a proposed floor amendment to a spending measure during a Saipan delegation session on Monday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

She said that with the establishment of the commission, “I’m sure they are at work already and doing the necessary steps to adopt the rules and regulations as provided by the cannabis law.”

The Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act, as amended by Public Law 21-5, legalizes medicinal and recreational use of marijuana in the Commonwealth.

Maratita said her committee looks forward to working with the cannabis commission and is ready to act on new legislation “in case there is a need to address unforeseen consequences.”

She added, “The House Cannabis Committee is ready to assist the commissioners and work with them. All members of the Legislature are ready to collaborate with the commissioners to see that the industry thrives as intended by the law.”

Sworn in last week were Nadine Deleon Guerrero who was later elected the commission’s chairwoman; Matt Deleon Guerrero, vice chairman; Valentin Taisacan Jr. treasurer; Journie Hofschneider, secretary; and Thomas Songsong, member.

They convened for their organizational meeting and started working on the draft rules and regulations. The commission will meet again at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 17, in the conference room of Special Assistant for Administration Mathilde “Keiko” Rosario at the administration building on Capital Hill.