Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) signed groundbreaking legislation on Friday, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for the small United States territory. The Northern Mariana Islands is a small group of islands in the Pacific Ocean with a population of just over 55,000.
Torres held a signing ceremony for his approval of H.B. 20-178, the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018. The legislation was approved by the territorial Senate last week by a vote of 6-0-2 and cleared the House 108-1-1 in August.
“Today, our people made history. We took a stand to legalize marijuana in the CNMI for recreational, medical, and commercial use,” Torres said in a statement.
Possession, Sales, and Home Cultivation All Legalized
The law legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of cannabis extracts for adults 21 and older. Possession of up to 16 ounces of cannabis-infused products in solid form and up to 72 ounces in liquid form was also legalized. Adults can also register to grow up to six mature and 12 immature plants for personal use. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow twice as many plants.