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Igisomar reintroduces marijuana bill; says it is subject to voter approval

SENATOR Sixto Igisomar has re-introduced the marijuana bill which, if passed, will be placed on the ballot to allow voters to either approve or reject it.

According to Senate Bill 20-62, “It is in our best interests to move marijuana into a regulated and controlled market for responsible adult personal use, allowing for the creation of jobs and the capturing of a new revenue stream that can be used to fund public safety programs, public school infrastructure and programs, the retirement fund, and other government and social programs, such as drug abuse treatment….”

The bill also aims to provide “an effective alternative medicine for those suffering from medical conditions,” and allow for the development of an industrial hemp industry in the CNMI.

Under the bill, local municipalities will decide for themselves how they wish to regulate non-medical-marijuana businesses through zoning and local laws that describe time, place, and manner regulations.

The Act is intended to authorize the regulation and control of marijuana for responsible adults, 21 years and older.

“Upon approval of this statute as a ballot measure, the following question will appear on the ballot as representing this act: ‘Should the commonwealth legalize and regulate marijuana by approving the CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018?’ Upon approval of this act by a simple majority of the voters in the election, this act will immediately become law.”

The measure also proposes the creation of a Cannabis Commission.