The 35th Attorney General’s Cup Speech Competition will be held this Friday, May 3, at 9:30am at the Hyatt Regency Saipan ballroom, the former Sandcastle.
Eight high schools will be participating in this year’s competition: Dr. Rita Inos High School, Eucon International School, Grace Christian Academy, Marianas High School, Mount Carmel High School, Saipan Southern High School, Tinian High School, and Kagman High School.
According to Attorney General Ed Manibusan, the competition provides the CNMI’s high school students with the opportunity to research an issue that affects the Commonwealth, form a position on the issue, and showcase their voice and passion on the topic.
This year’s topic focuses on the legalization of cannabis in the CNMI.
Specifically, it asks the questions: Is the passage of Public Law 20-66 a cure or a curse for the Commonwealth? Will it help or hurt the CNMI in the short term or the long term?
In preparing their speech, the students are asked to consider the following:
1) Cannabis is still illegal federally; discuss how this could affect production and consumption of cannabis in the CNMI. How has it affected production and consumption in other jurisdictions?
2) What types of regulatory systems have been developed in other jurisdictions that allow recreational cannabis use?
3) What have been the positives and negatives associated with recreational cannabis use in jurisdictions that have legalized its use?
“The passing of Public Law 20-66 on Sept. 21, 2018, made for a historic, yet, contentious topic in the CNMI,” said Manibusan.
The public is invited to attend this event. (PR)