This Tiny US Territory Just Voted To Legalize Marijuana

The tiny US territory known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI) just took a big step toward ending marijuana prohibition.

Lawmakers in the CMNI House of Representatives have overwhelmingly passed a big piece of cannabis legislation. With a margin of 18–1 the new bill would create a legal framework for the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis in the Pacific islands, which lie just north of Guam.

“The people of the CNMI recognize that the prohibition of marijuana has been terribly misguided and harmful, and our leaders are in touch with the public’s sentiment on this issue,” Lawrence Duponcheel of

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