The bill legalizing the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis has been returned to the committee level for further review.
The House of Representatives deemed Sen. Sixto Igisomar’s (R-Saipan) Senate Bill 20-62 in its current form not in conformance with the CNMI Constitution, which states that legislation that includes revenue-generating properties should only originate from the House.
Because of this, the House decided to refer the bill back to the House Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee led by Rep. Ivan A. Blanco (R-Saipan).
Blanco said the option of reintroducing the bill in a different form came up. However, he said it was discussed with the leadership that the bill would return to the committee level and make the proper adjustments.
“…The committee members and I would go back to the bill and delete the sections that contained provisions pertaining to revenue generation and adopt the bill back for passage in the House,” he said.