Commonwealth Marijuana Regulation Act (CMRA)
The Commonwealth Marijuana Regulation Act (CMRA) is a proposed ballot measure that aims to legalize, regulate, and tax the medical, personal, and agricultural uses of marijuana and industrial hemp in the CNMI, while protecting children, making our communities safer, and improving the overall quality of life for everyone. The CMRA was written and reviewed by experts in the fields of public policy, law enforcement, medicine, economics, substance abuse, and others, with contributions from community members and leaders, and facilitated by the local advocacy group, Sensible CNMI. Our mission has been to develop thoughtful and responsible legislation that respects the will of the majority of voters, is legally sound, and appropriately structured to ensure that regulation and taxation is achievable and adaptable. The CMRA is modeled after Oregon’s Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, which encompasses the recognized best management practices to control, regulate, and tax marijuana and industrial hemp. The CMRA also complies with the federal guidelines concerning marijuana enforcement that were developed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014. Furthermore, the CMRA has been adapted to local needs and conditions with input from residents who participated in public hearings, committee meetings, and through the review and development process. The CMRA has been sponsored by Senator Sixto Igisomar and is now Senate Bill SB 19-106. SB 19-106 is a legislatively referred ballot measure that must be approved by both the CNMI Senate and the House of Representatives, and signed by the Governor, in order that the act be placed on the ballot, to be ratified by the CNMI voters in the upcoming 2018 election.