Cannabis legalization is heating up in the Caribbean, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. sign a legalization bill into law on Tuesday. This is great news for this sun, sea, and sand tourist destination, however, this change has been a long time coming, 56.5% of voters approved a referendum in favor of legalizing and regulating medical cannabis in 2014. Sen. Positive T.A. Nelson introduced and crafted the legalization, but for several years the bills fell short, however, his persistence of introducing bills every session eventually paid off. Newly elected Gov. Bryan this week, who on the campaign trail voiced his approval to support this measure.
“I believe a properly regulated medicinal cannabis industry can provide relief to those seeking alternatives to conventional medicine and can also be an economic driver attracting new revenues for the Virgin Islands,”
The Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act, allow patients with a doctor's recommendation to possess and consume cannabis. An Office of Cannabis Regulation will handle licensing and regulations around dispensaries, cultivation, lad testing, and manufacturing cannabis. Patients who are residents of the US Virgin Islands will be able to possess up to four ounces of cannabis flower, however only up to three ounces for nonresidents.
To be qualified patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, chronic pain, seizures, and many other conditions are qualifications for patients. Beautiful people, sunshine and beaches? Hmmm, sounds like an awesome vacation.