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The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may become the first US jurisdiction to jump straight from prohibition to legalization. Senators in the small US territory, roughly 1,600 miles east of the Philippines, just approved a bill to end cannabis prohibition. Under the measure, adults 21 and older would be permitted to possess an ounce of flower, 5 grams of extract, 16 ounces of edibles, and 72 ounces of tincture. Home grow would be allowed, with six mature plants per grow, 12 immature. Homes could possess 8 ounces. Medical use would be recognized as well, with limits twice those of recreational. All home growers would register with the government and pay a $5 fee. There would also be social consumption spaces and a taxed and regulated commercial market. Industrial hemp would be legalized as well. The Commonwealth is a beautiful Pacific Island vacation destination and, as a US territory, no passport is required for US citizens to visit.
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