Northern Mariana Islands House Panel Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

Northern Mariana Islands House Panel Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

Senate Bill 20-62 would regulate cannabis in the CNMI.

SAIPAN – The Northern Mariana Islands' House Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations has approved a marijuana-legalization proposal and is recommending its passage.

The House panel conducted a public hearing Tuesday in the House chamber to discuss Senate Bill 20-62, which would regulate cannabis in the CNMI.

Seven people testified in support of the measure introduced by Sen. Sixto Igisomar. They included Dr. John Doyle, Gerry Hemley, Jim Rayphand and Katelyn Borja.

The committee chairman, Rep. Ivan Blanco, and members Reps. Frank Aguon, Joe Itibus and House Minority Leader Edmund Villagomez then voted to endorse the measure's passage.

Blanco said the bill now will go to the House for a vote.

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