Guam – Barely four months after the Senate thumbed down his medical marijuana bill, Rep. Stanley Torres has introduced anew a proposal to decriminalize the drug in the CNMI, the Saipan Tribune reported.
He said the time has come to decriminalize marijuana to the lowest level of misdemeanor crime that can be committed within the Commonwealth.
Torres admitted that his primary reason for introducing the bill is to tax and regulate marijuana transactions in the CNMI, which is in dire financial need.
Other House members said they are either still opposed to a marijuana bill or haven’t fully read Torres’ new bill.
Torres’ newest marijuana legislation calls for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis by allowing people who are at least 21 years old to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use.
It also permits the regulation and taxation of the commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. The bill, however, prohibits the possession of marijuana on school grounds and bans the use of marijuana while minors are present.