CNMI Cannabis Commission

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, CNMI Cannabis Commission Chairwoman Nadine Deleon Guerrero, vice chairman Matt Deleon Guerrero, commissioner Journie Hofschneider and acting managing director Janina Maratita pose for a photo with the first CNMI cannabis commercial licensee, Victor Cabrera, in the governor’s conference room on Friday.

CNMI Cannabis Commission photo

THE success of the CNMI’s newest industry, cannabis production, will depend on how all the stakeholders will conduct their businesses, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said.

“This will open a lot of doors, and I hope that with our downtime, we get to make sure that the market is done right,” the governor said in an interview following the issuance of the first cannabis commercial license by the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

With the governor as one of the witnesses, the cannabis commission chaired by Nadine Deleon Guerrero issued a Production Class I commercial license to Slider Marianas LLC, doing business as T-Marianas, which will operate an indoor cannabis farm in a two-story building in Chalan Laulau.

The governor congratulated its owner, Victor Cabrera, for completing the “tedious process” in acquiring a license.

The governor encourages other interested investors “to come in and do it right.”

The cannabis commission, in a statement, said the issuance of a Production Class I commercial license allows for the legal planting, cultivation, growth, harvesting, drying and sale of cannabis to licensed wholesalers, processors, retailers, lounges, laboratories and/or research certificate holders in the CNMI, “and marks the birth of the Commonwealth’s newest industry.”

The commission said there are several other commercial applications for review and approval, “a handful of which have already received Approval in Principle or AIP letters from the Commission. An AIP letter certifies that the commission has reviewed the applicant’s submission with the determination that most of the applicant document submissions have been completed and approved for licensure pending the fulfillment of specific requirements in accordance [with] the Cannabis Commission’s rules and regulations and CNMI Public Laws 20-66 and 21-05.”

The commission said it “foresees the licensure of retailers in the very near future as a select few applicants are close to meeting all requirements pending inspection of the onsite premises.

As set by statute, the schedule fee of the list of commercial applications may be found on the CNMI Office of the Governor website at https://governor.gov.mp/priorities/cannabis

The commission said it would  also like to inform the general public of the ability for medical marijuana patients to register for the Medicinal Homegrown Program for applicants who are able to obtain a doctor’s recommendation of cannabis treatment for debilitating medical conditions.

A list of these conditions may be found in the CNMI Law Revision Commission website under Administrative Code Title 180.

Applications and guides for the Homegrown Marijuana Registry consistent with 4 CMC Subsection 53012 may be found on the CNMI Office of the Governor website.

Pursuant to CNMI Public Law 20-66 and Public Law 21-05, the commission was sworn in on Sept. 12, 2019. On the same day, the commission held its first organizational meeting to begin the structuring, framework, and promulgation of the CNMI Cannabis Commission rules and regulations. In March 2020, the commission met its 180-day statutory deadline by adopting its emergency rules and regulations.

The commission opened its doors to begin intake of commercial and homegrown registry applications in August 2020.

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