The Board & The Commission
Pursuant to CNMI PL 20-66 & 21-05, the Cannabis Commission has the powers and duties specified in these Acts, and also the powers necessary or proper, to enable it to carry out fully and effectually all the purposes of these Acts.
The jurisdiction, supervision, powers and duties of the Commission extend to any person who buys, sells, produces, processes, transports, or delivers any marijuana items within this Commonwealth.
The composition of the Commission is as follows:
(1) The Governor shall appoint from the Third Senatorial District three (3) members to the Commission, subject to the advice and consent of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation, provided that one of the three members appointed by the Governor shall be a voter from the Northern Islands and selected by the Northern Islands’ Mayor.
(2) The Mayor of Rota shall appoint from the First Senatorial District one (1) member to the Commission, subject to the advice and consent of the Rota Legislative Delegation.
(3) The Mayor of Tinian shall appoint from the Second Senatorial District one (1) member to the Commission, subject to the advice and consent of the Tinian and Aguiguan Legislative Delegation.
Chairman: Commissioner Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, Representing Saipan
Vice-Chairman: Commissioner Matthew O. Deleon Guerrero, Representing Saipan
Secretary: Commissioner Journie M. Hofschneider, Representing Tinian
Treasurer: Commissioner Valentino N. Taisacan, Representing the Northern Islands
Member: Commissioner Thomas L. Songsong, Representing Rota
Executive Director: Currently vacant.
In an effort to promote transparency and accountability, the Commission makes available to the viewing public all public records associated with any decision-making events held by the Board.
“Public record” means any written or printed report, book or paper, map or plan of the Commonwealth or its respective political subdivisions, boards, commissions, agencies, which is the property thereof, and in or on which an entry has been made or is required to be made by law, or which any public officer or employee has received or is required to receive for filing, but shall not include records which invade the right of privacy of an individual or business entity.
All meetings of the governing body of a public agency shall be open and public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the governing body. of a public agent, except as otherwise provided by this Act. The governing body shall afford all interested persons an opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, in writing, on any agenda item. The governing body shall also afford all interested persons an opportunity to present oral testimony on any agenda itern. The governing body may provide for reasonable administration of oral testimony by rule.
The records of the Commission shall include a minute book and a resolution book which may be stored electronically. Every formal resolution of the Commission shall include the following information: (1) A concise statement of the issues presented and the relevant procedural history; (2) The statutory authority for the action taken; (3) A precise statement of the action taken by the Commission, including any terms or conditions attached thereof; and (4) Certification by the Secretary of the Commission.
The intent of CNMI PL 20-83 entitled taxpayers to transparent financial management information. The Commission believes that there is an obligation to provide such information. In an effort to exercise such transparency, the Commission makes available current and previous years' filings of the Commission's Citizen-Centric Reports for full disclosure to provide accountability and integrity in the Commission's rule making process, current financial status and upcoming ways forward for the Commission and the industry.
Although budgetary means continue to be a challenge, the goal of the Commission of providing as much public education, outreach and professional development to the general public and industry stakeholders has not changed. Click here to view our Resource Library. If you do not find the information you are looking for, click here to send us an inquiry.