Pot bill undergoes fine-tuning

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government, and Law, which is working on a bill that proposes to regulate marijuana use in the CNMI, recently inserted provisions to amend the bill.

The committee, in a meeting last Tuesday, amended Sen. Sixto Igisomar’s (R-Saipan) Senate Bill 20-62, a bill that seeks to regulate cannabis use in the CNMI—given that the bill is approved at the senatorial districts that voted for it.

Because of this, S.B. 20-62, even if signed by the governor, will not become law unless it garners a simple majority vote that voters will have to vote on at the next Commonwealth elections.

The JGL amendment also specified that SB 20-62 would only apply in the senatorial districts where the legislation passes the vote, meaning if the second senatorial district does not garner enough votes to pass the bill but the first senatorial district garners does, then cannabis would remain illegal on Tinian.

If all three senatorial districts do not garner enough votes, then the bill would not become law.

To be a purchaser of marijuana, you must be at least 21 years old.

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Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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