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Cannabis rules out next week, official says

THE CNMI Cannabis Commission will release some of the rules and regulations for home-growing marijuana for recreational use by the end of next week, its Chairwoman Nadine Deleon Guerrero.

In an interview on Tuesday, Deleon Guerrero said they already have an initial draft and are just waiting for the Office of the Attorney General’s response to their request for legal assistance in finalizing the draft rules and regulations.

Nadine Deleon Guerrero

She said they made the formal request to the AG’s office on Sept. 17.

“We are seeking legal assistance because we want to make sure that the regulations abide by the law,” she said, adding that without the AG’s blessing, it would be hard for the commission to move forward with the promulgation of the regulations.

Right now, Deleon Guerrero said the commission is finalizing the first draft of the rules and regulations in light of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ request that the commission promulgate the rules at least on a piecemeal basis

The Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act as amended by Public Law 21-5 allows for the recreational, medicinal and commercial use of marijuana.

Deleon Guerrero said the regulation that they will issue, “hopefully by end of next week,” applies only to home-growing marijuana for recreational use.

The commission is now trying to hire a managing director and is also looking for an office space where people can start applying for permits.

“The commission’s goal is to provide jobs to our local people and generate revenue to improve our standard of living in the CNMI. The only way we can accomplish this is to come together as a community and work toward building an industry that can sustain itself, not only through the presence of tourism, but through the participation of our local community. By educating our youth and adults that cannabis should be used responsibly and that we should adhere to the regulations and the law, we can succeed,” Deleon Guerrero said.