Adult-Use Possession Limits
A person who is 21 or older may:
Business Regulation and Licensing
Business types: The bill provides for six types of regulated marijuana businesses: producers, processors, retailers, wholesalers, lounges, and testing facilities.
Cannabis Commission: Establishes a five-member appointed CNMI Cannabis Commission as the regulatory agency for commercial cannabis and hemp. The commission is directed to hire an executive director, and the director may hire a staff. The commission’s duties include:
• The commission may inspect licensees’ records and require a laboratory analysis.
• The Department of Lands and Natural Resources’ Division of Agriculture is directed to assist and cooperate with the commission as needed.
• The commission may deny licenses for reasons including if the applicant does not have a good record of compliance, if the applicant is unsuitable for licensure, or if they have a history of changing ownership to avoid penalties.
• When deciding whom to exclude from licensure, the commission may not consider convictions for possession of marijuana, nor may it consider a single conviction for manufacturing or delivering if the convictions are at least 10 years old.
Deliveries: Retailers may make deliveries to consumers who place such orders. Other licensees may not deliver cannabis to consumers.
Specific restrictions and rules for licensees:
Enforcement: The commission may suspend or cancel licenses for a number of reasons, including insolvency, violations of the law, false statements made to the commission, and maintaining an unsafe or unsanitary establishment.
Local Control: Local legislative delegations may enact marijuana regulation laws within their senatorial districts. They may include time, place, and manner regulations and civil penalties for violations. They may also include local registration fees.
Miscellaneous: No contract may be unenforceable based on the fact that marijuana-related activities are illegal under federal law.
A subsequent piece of legislation will determine the application and licensing fees.
In his statement that accompanied the bill signing, and a handful of line-item vetoes, Gov. Torres called on the legislature to enact revised taxes and fees and to address the following issues: