CNMI issues first batch of marijuana registry cards

Saipan-- The CNMI Cannabis Commission has issued out the first batch of homegrown marijuana registry cards that would allow qualified individuals to cultivate marijuana in their homes for non-commercial purpose.

“We recognize that for years the local legalization of cannabis has been a long sought out goal for individuals in the Commonwealth. With the signing of the Cannabis Act and the establishment of the Commission, this goal became a reality,” said Monique Sablan, managing director of the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

The registry cards were issued to individuals whose applications have fulfilled the necessary requirements and are in compliance with the Cannabis Act and Commission rules and regulations.

. “Seeing individuals take the initiative to embrace this newly instated privilege while also accepting its prohibitions will drive the overall success and safety of this industry,” Sablan said.

Sabla said cardholders will be authorized to grow marijuana as long as they remain in compliance with the laws and regulations that established this privilege. "

It’s an accomplishment to see individuals actively applying for this opportunity lawfully,” Sablan said. “The Commission looks forward to seeing more applications and is ready to answer any pending questions in regards to applying for the registry.”

Since the opening of the registry on Aug. 4, individuals within the Commonwealth who are 21 years of age and older are mandated by law to register under the Homegrown Marijuana Registry and obtain a registry card in order to legally produce, proce