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Monique Sablan named managing director of cannabis commission

FORMER Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Monique Boyer Sablan has been selected from a pool of 13 applicants to be the managing director of the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

Commission Chairwoman Nadine Deleon Guerrero, in an email, said: “Although we had a talented pool of applicants during our search, the commission felt Ms. Sablan was the perfect fit for the position.”

Monique Boyer Sablan

She noted that Sablan is an active volunteer and a well-respected member of the community.

“She has demonstrated leadership skills through various successful program implementations, and with her skill set, knowledge, and strong network, Ms. Sablan has what it takes to lead this industry forward,” Deleon Guerrero said.

The commission, she added, “has full confidence that she will exceed expectations as we continue the establishment of the CNMI’s newest industry.”

As special assistant for youth affairs, Sablan was responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of multiple youth centers in the CNMI. She is also the former workforce program coordinator and public information officer of the CNMI Scholarship Office.

Sablan believes that the creation of the new industry is a necessary step toward bettering the lives of the community.

“The economic benefits of this new industry lie in its ability to create new employment opportunities, generate revenue to achieve long-term and sustainable goals, support new business investments and, importantly, it establishes the authority to closely regulate the usage of cannabis in the CNMI. I believe communication is key and I look forward to ensuring that our operations are fair and efficient,” Sablan said.

As a former human resources and administration learning and development trainer and special assistant for youth affairs, Sablan said one of her goals is to “ensure that our youth have the proper and thorough educational understanding of this new industry and why it’s important to abide by its access restrictions.”

She added, “I also look forward to providing the same type of training to ensure that adults are using responsibly through adhering to regulations and the law.”

Sablan is a board member of the Marianas Young Professionals and has served as the Marianas March Against Cancer sponsorship committee chair in 2018 and 2019.

She is a member of the Stellar Marianas Pageant and Talent Group, which is responsible for the Miss Marianas pageant. She is a former human resources and administration learning and development supervisor and public relations liaison for Imperial Pacific International.

Sablan received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Humanities & Law from the University of California, Irvine.

Besides Nadine Deleon Guerrero, the other commissioners are Matthew Deleon Guerrero of Saipan; Valentino Taisacan Jr., Northern Islands; Journie Hofschneider, Tinian; and Thomas Songsong, Rota.