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THE CNMI Cannabis Commission announced Thursday it has issued the first batch of Homegrown Marijuana Registry cards to individuals whose applications have fulfilled the necessary requirements and are in compliance with the Cannabis Act and Commission rules and regulations.

“We recognize that for years the local legalization of cannabis has been a long sought out goal for individuals in the Commonwealth. With the signing of the Cannabis Act and the establishment of the Commission, this goal became a reality,” said commission managing director Monique Sablan.

“Seeing individuals take the initiative to embrace this newly instated privilege while also accepting its prohibitions will drive the overall success and safety of this industry,” she said.

“As long as they remain in compliance with the laws and regulations that established this privilege, registrants and cardholders are legitimately and legally authorized to cultivate marijuana for non-commercial use. It’s an accomplishment to see individuals actively applying for this opportunity lawfully.”

The commission looks forward to seeing more applications and is ready to answer any pending questions in regards to applying for the registry, she added.

Individuals within the Commonwealth who are 21 years old and older are mandated by law to register under the Homegrown Marijuana Registry and obtain a registry card in order to legally produce, process, keep, or store homegrown marijuana at a household or cultivation site for non-commercial purposes.

The commission encourages eligible applicants who are interested or have been engaging in the cultivation of marijuana for non-commercial purposes to register.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants must pay the application fee of $75 per person.

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 can be renewable annually.

By law, all records of each homegrown marijuana registrant are strictly confidential and the commission is taking the necessary steps to ensure overall confidentiality.

The commission, the Department of Public Safety, the Division of Customs, and Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Control have partnered to establish the Cannabis Task Force, which will enforce the Cannabis Act and regulations.

As mandated in CNMI Public Law 20-66 and as amended in Public Law 21-5, individuals found in violation of the Cannabis Act may be punishable by civil or criminal penalties, such as fines, seizure of marijuana items, or imprisonment.

All applications and other resources can be downloaded via https://governor.gov.mp/priorities/cannabis

To submit a Homegrown Marijuana Registry application, official payment certification, and receipt of payment, visit:

On Saipan

Division of Permitting and Licensing

Commonwealth Casino Commission

Unit 13 and 14F Springs Plaza

Gualo Rai

On Tinian

Customer Service Intake Window

Department of Commerce – Tinian

San Jose Village

On Rota

Administrative Office

Department of Lands and Natural Resources

Liyo, Songsong Village

Office hours for all three locations are Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For all inquiries regarding the CNMI Cannabis Commission applications, email (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., or (Rota) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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