7 Feb 2017

CNMI call for strengthening of betel nut ban on minors

7:28 am on 7 February 2017

A lawmaker wants the legislature to amend a law that makes it illegal for minors to buy betel nut in the Northern Marianas to now include those grown by private landowners.

The law banning the sale, offer, or giving of betel nut to minors or persons under 18 years-old came into force last year.

Its goal is to curb the rampant sale and easy access of betel nut to minors in stores.

Joseph Leepan Guerrero, however, is concerned about landowners who have betel nut trees at their homes.

He said the new law does not cover these people and minors can easily obtain betel nuts from them.