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CNMI Cannabis Commission launches

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(Office of the Governor) — With the publishing of the certification and adoption of proposed rules and regulations, the CNMI Cannabis Commission announces the official launching of applications for the commercial cannabis licenses and noncommercial Homegrown Marijuana Registry.

The commission officially adopted the proposed cannabis rules and regulations during their meeting on June 23, 2020. The certification of the cannabis rules and regulations was published into the Commonwealth Register Volume 42, Number 7 on July 28, 2020.

The commission will begin accepting commercial and noncommercial applications on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, marking the official opening of the cannabis industry within the Commonwealth.

Submitting your application

Applicants applying in Saipan, Tinian and Rota can submit their completed cannabis license application package or Homegrown Marijuana Registry application with official payment certification and receipt of payment at the following locations from Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saipan Applicants

Division of Permitting and Licensing
Commonwealth Casino Commission
Unit 13 and 14F Springs Plaza
Gualo Rai, Saipan

Tinian Applicants

Customer Service Intake Window
Department of Commerce – Tinian
San Jose Village, Tinian

Rota Applicants

Administrative Office
Department of Land and Natural Resources – Rota
Liyo, Songsong Village, Rota

Cannabis License Application

Dependent on the type of license issued by the commission, a licensed cannabis business will be authorized to commercially cultivate, manufacture, store, distribute, allowing for onsite consumption, or sell marijuana to a person 21 years of age or older within the Commonwealth.

Currently, interested applicants can apply for the following commercial cannabis licenses: Marijuana Producer License (Class 1, 2, or 3), Marijuana Micro Producer License, Marijuana Wholesale License, Marijuana Retailer License, and Marijuana Lounge License (Class 1 or 2).

Applicants are expected to complete the Cannabis License application, provide all the necessary information required in the associated License Type Appendix, and pay the nonrefundable application fee prior to submitting their application package.

Homegrown Marijuana Registry Application

With the official opening of the Homegrown Marijuana Registry, individuals who are 21 years of age or older are mandated by Commonwealth law to register for a Homegrown Marijuana Registry Card in order to produce, process, keep, or store homegrown marijuana at a household or cultivation site for noncommercial purposes.

The application fee is $75 per person and applicants must pay the fee prior to submitting the application. Registrants whose application has met all the necessary compliance requirements set forth in the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations will be issued a Homegrown Marijuana Registry card, which shall be renewable annually.

Where to obtain the applications

All applications and other resources are available to be downloaded on the CNMI Governor’s official website: https://governor.gov.mp/priorities/cannabis

Application Inquiry Contact

All inquiries regarding the CNMI Cannabis Commission applications should be emailed to the following contacts:

Saipan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tinian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rota: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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