The publication of the certification and adoption of proposed rules and regulations of the CNMI Cannabis Commission means that applications for commercial Cannabis Licenses and noncommercial Homegrown Marijuana Registry may now officially begin.
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 in the Commonwealth Register Volume 42, Number 7 on July 28, 2020.
The commission will begin accepting commercial and noncommercial applications tomorrow, Aug. 4, 2020, marking the official opening of the cannabis industry within the Commonwealth.
Submitting your application:
Applicants applying on 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, 9am – 4pm:
Division of Permitting and Licensing
Commonwealth Casino Commission
Unit 13 and 14F Springs Plaza
Gualo Rai, Saipan
Customer Service Intake Window
Department of Commerce – Tinian
San Jose Village, Tinian
Department of Land and Natural Resources – Rota
Liyo, Songsong Village, Rota
Cannabis license application
Depending 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:
-Rota: firstname.lastname@example.org (PR)