Last update: November 9, 2017
Northern Mariana Islands
Marijuana in the Northern Mariana Islands is currently illegal, both for medical and recreational purposes. Lawmakers in the U.S. territory are considering legislation that would legalize marijuana and allow medical cannabis to be placed on the ballot in 2018.
A bill filed in August by Republican Sen. Sixto Igisomar will be discussed and voted on by lawmakers. If approved, registered voters will get a chance to let their voices be heard at the ballot box in November 2018.
Under the legislation’s provisions, adults over 21 would be able to legally possess four ounces of marijuana, as well as additional amounts of marijuana products and extracts. Home cultivation of 12 mature plants and 24 seedlings would also be allowed, and medical cannabis patients would be able to cultivate even more with their doctors’ certifications.
Licensing and regulation of the legal marijuana industry would be handled by a new Cannabis Commission, with the goal of accepting business applications by July 2019.
Medical marijuana in Guam is legal, but adult-use marijuana remains illegal. Guam was the first United States territory to legalize medical marijuana in 2014.
Guam legalized medical marijuana for “debilitative conditions” via referendum in the November 2014 mid-term elections, with 56% voting in favor. Guam had previously attempted to legalize medical marijuana in 2010, but the effort was unsuccessful.
Currently, legislative implementation of the approved medical marijuana program is at a standstill. Local advocates, Grassroots Guam, and Live Life Alive are planning to hold a public meeting to encourage local leaders to quickly implement P.L. 33-220, also known as the Joaquin “KC” Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.
In 2017, Guam’s governor vetoed legislation to allow medical cannabis license holders to cultivate cannabis in their homes.
In January 2017, a proposed bill, the Marijuana Control Law, was introduced to legalize recreational marijuana in Guam.
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