Is Marijuana Legal in the US Virgin Islands?
Cannabis in the US Virgin Islands was decriminalized in 2014. Since then it has been a long road to medical marijuana. In 2019 medical cannabis was finally passed in the USVI. With a small population, and small medical cannabis patient base, the USVI is betting it’s future on weed tourism.
Is Weed Decriminalized in the USVI?
On December 19th 2014 the US Virgin Islands decriminalized the possession of weed. The USVI Legislature passed and overrode Governor De Jongh’s veto. Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana will result in a fine of $100 dollar, and possible confiscation. It is currently unknown how many tickets the VIPD has issued under the decriminalization bill.
- Weed was decriminalized in the US Virgin Islands in 2006
- Virgin Islanders passed a referendum to end the criminalization of cannabis
- The bill was vetoed by Governor De Jongh, and only made into law when the Legislature overrode the veto.
- Possession of less than 1 ounce carries a small fine.
Selling and growing cannabis is still illegal with decriminalization. Though with the passage of the VI Medical Patient Care Act, growing medical marijuana is legal for personal use.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal in the US Virgin Islands?
Medical Marijuana was legalized in the US Virgin Islands on January 19th, 2019 by Governor Albert Bryan Jr. Though medical cannabis is still not available in the USVI. Delays with the Governor naming members to the Cannabis Advisory Board has caused the issues.
- The bill that made medicinal marijuana legal in the VI Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act (MCPCA)
- Resident medical cards will cost up to $50 per year.
- Visitors to the USVI will be able to get a temporary medical cannabis card.
- Tourism Medical Cards will cost up to $50 for 5 days, $75 for 10 days, and $100 for 30 days.
- USVI resident medical cannabis card holders will be able to grow 12 cannabis plants at home
- Medical card holders can purchase up to 3 ounces every 15 days.
- Transportation of cannabis between islands is federally illegal.
- Each island will have it’s own unique cannabis industry.
Is Recreational Marijuana Legal in the US Virgin Islands?
Recreational marijuana is not legal in the USVI. Legislation was introduced in late 2019 to make cannabis legal in the territory. However the legislation has little chance of becoming law.
On December 3rd 2019, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. introduced the VI Cannabis Use Act. The bill was a complete replacement of the existing medical cannabis bill. However, the Governor was criticized for creating a recreational cannabis bill when he has failed to implement the medical bill.
On December 18th, 2019 the VI Legislature met in a special session to discuss the bill. While the bill was criticized during the hearing, the bill was not completely rejected by the legislature. The bill was forwarded to the committee of the whole for further consideration. Whether it will actually be considered, or remain in committee remains to be seen.
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When Will Medical Marijuana be Available in the USVI?
Even though medical cannabis is legal in the US Virgin Islands, it is still not available for purchase. Regulations are taking longer than expected. Therefore medical marijuana will likely not be available until late 2020.