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Published: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:29:08 -0800

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US MP: OPED: I Am For Medical Marijuana Being Legal -- But!

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 13 Apr 2015 - MEDICAL use alone is filled with even more challenges than full legalization because it does nothing to stop or lower the marijuana crime rate. We are already learning that medical use alone is creating new marijuana crimes on top of the old ones which is why states are now starting to forego medical use only and instituting full legalization of marijuana like Colorado and Washington (Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. have just joined the ranks of full legalization and 8 more states have lined up for full legalization to avoid the pitfalls of medical use only. Legalization is not just about helping sick people but about better controls, addressing the concerns of everyone and the revenues that can be earned from this NEW Industry.

US MP: Community Members Express Support For Medicinal Marijuana

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 13 Apr 2015 - MORE than 60 people attended a public hearing on the medicinal marijuana bill Friday evening at the multi-purpose center in Susupe. Of the 27 who spoke during the hearing, 24 said they supported Senate Bill 19-6 while three were against it.

US MP: LTE: Should You Legalize Marijuana

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 25 Jan 2015 - I THINK they should charge a big license fee. I think they should issue a separate application fee, one to grow and one to sale. I think they should require that applicants must have certification.

US MP: Online Group Founder Weighs In On Marijuana Initiative

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 12 Aug 2014 - THE founder of the island's online marijuana legalization group, Kelvin Rodeo, is concerned about retired teacher Ambrose Bennett's proposal to submit a legislative initiative to lawmakers. A legislative initiative must be passed by three-fourths of the members of each house, present and voting. It does not require the governor's approval but must be ratified by voters.

US MP: Bennett Pushes Marijuana Legalization

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 21 Jul 2014 - RETIRED teacher Ambrose M. Bennett says he is seeking public support for a proposal that will legalize marijuana use in the CNMI. "I must ask our online group to be the ones to present their stance to the people of the island," Bennett said, referring to a group that has a Facebook page calling for the decriminalization of marijuana use in the CNMI. (

US MP: Marijuana Bill Is Back

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Marianas Variety, 13 Aug 2012 - REPRESENTATIVE Stanley T. Torres, Ind.-Saipan, is not giving up on marijuana. Once again, he has the support of the House Committee on Natural Resources which recommends the passage of House Bill 17-311 which will legalize medicinal marijuana in the CNMI. Torres's three previous marijuana bills also passed the House, but two of them were "killed" in the Senate while the third one remains pending there.

US MP: New Marijuana Legalization Bill

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Saipan Tribune, 29 Mar 2011 - Rep. Stanley Torres (Ind-Saipan) introduced on the House floor yesterday a bill seeking to legalize marijuana use in the CNMI for medical and recreational use, barely four months since the Senate killed his previous proposal of the same nature. "The legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis in the Commonwealth will be the best marijuana law in America," Torres said in a privilege speech at the House session.

US MP: Manglona: Medical Marijuana Use Open to Abuse

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Saipan Tribune, 29 Nov 2010 - If and when Rep. Stanley Torres (Ind.-Saipan) introduces a medical marijuana bill in the House of Representatives, the Senate can be expected to once again vote it down, according to Senate President Paul Manglona. More than a week after the upper chamber voted no to the controversial bill decriminalizing cannabis use for all purposes in the CNMI, Manglona continues to be adamant in his opposition to the schedule 1 drug-even if its use is limited for medicinal purposes only.

US MP: LTE: Consequences Of Legalizing Medicinal Pot

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:00:00 GMT

Saipan Tribune, 25 Nov 2010 - Legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes sounds like a great idea but has anyone thought about how it would actually work here? (Would we become the Commonwealth of the Marijuana Islands?) Where will the plots of land set aside to grow medicinal marijuana be located? There isn't any part of the islands-except perhaps the northern ones-that is remote enough, secluded enough, difficult enough to get to, to be safe from constant thievery. Electric fences would not be enough, barbed wire would not be enough, to keep anyone from stealing the plants allegedly being grown for medicinal purposes.