The Mariana Islands Need A Managing Director For Their Cannabis Commission

With the CNMI Cannabis Commission officially in business, among it first priorities are not only to promulgate the rules and regulations for cannabis use in the Commonwealth, but to start hiring staff to operate the CNMI’s newest industry.

The commission is right now looking for a managing director and the ideal candidate is someone who is either already in the CNMI or former residents who have gone abroad to pursue college or obtain more work experience.

Upon being hired, the selected applicant must live on Saipan in order to carry out duties necessary to efficiently run industry operations.

The commission looks forward to providing a platform for entrepreneurs to take part in the islands’ economic system as well as create jobs for residents. “Ensuring adequate controls for daily operations of the new industry are in place to enhance public safety and build community trust through fair administration and enforcement are high on the commission’s initiatives,” said Nadine Deleon Guerrero, newly-elected chairwoman for the CNMI Cannabis Commission.

The managing director will be the head of the administration of the commission and will be responsible for the overall administration and supervision of the cannabis and hemp licensees and others, including the management and supervision of staff. Compensation will be commensurate with education and work experience; however, pursuant to Public Law 20-66, and as amended by Public Law 21-5, compensation may not exceed $70,000 per annum. The commission wants to hire a managing director at the first rollout of rules and regulations in order to ensure his or her involvement from the start and to allow him or her to provide input.

Interested applicants for the position are required to have the following minimum qualifications:

1. A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. accredited educational institution; and

2. Five years of work experience in professional, administrative, or management in government or private sectors; and

3. Good ethical and moral character; and

4. Not having been convicted of a crime in any jurisdiction of the United States, or any foreign country carrying a minimum sentence of imprisonment of more than six months, excepting traffic offenses.

Additionally, those applying for the position shall not have any interest, directly or indirectly, in any business under the jurisdiction of the commission.

“The commission’s goal is to provide jobs for our local people and generate revenue to improve our standard of living in the CNMI. The only way we can accomplish this is to come together as a community and work toward building an industry that can sustain itself not only through the presence of tourism but through the participation of our local community. By educating our youth, and as adults, by using responsibly through adhering to regulations and the law, we can succeed,” said Deleon Guerrero.

All interested and qualified individuals are asked to submit a cover letter with an updated résumé to

Deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Screening of applications are expected to begin immediately. (PR)


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