Important Facts About Cannabis in the US Virgin Islands
Are you aware of the legal status of cannabis in the USVI? Among the places where CBD is a legal product is in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. The regulations and rules surrounding medical marijuana use in the areas above is yet to be approved. Due to this shortcoming, medical marijuana dispensaries have not yet opened. Recreational marijuana is not available in the USVI, however, the process to legalize it is still in the works. However, possession of recreational marijuana under 10z was also decriminalized and the authorities typically confiscate it and fine you. An important fact you need to know is that medicinal marijuana was decriminalized in 2014 in the VI.
The legalization of medical marijuana took place on the 19th of January 2019 in the USVI. Even though medical marijuana was legalized through a Senate bill that passed 9-4, the product is still not available in the Virgin Islands. Medicinal cannabis will be available once Governor Brian has nominated enough members to the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board to reach a quorum. The cannabis advisory board hopes to achieve a quorum by June or July of 2022.
There are rules and regulations that have been set up by the Virgin Island Cannabis Advisory Board, which aims at regulating medical cannabis once it hits dispensaries. Once medical cannabis hits dispensaries, getting a medical card as a USVI resident will cost you an annual fee of $50. However, people visiting the USVI will be in a position to acquire a temporary medical marijuana card. Tourist medical cards will cost way more than resident cards, and they will go for:$50 for 5 days, $75 for 10 days, and $100 for 30 days. A resident of the United States, Virgin Islands who has a medical cannabis card will be allowed to grow 12 marijuana plants on their private land. The US VI will not recognize medical marijuana cards that are issued by other jurisdictions.
The legislation that was aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes will first have to be turned into a law. Even though cannabis was decriminalized in USVI, people who use it for creational purposes can be fined or imprisoned. Strict penalties still exist for possession or distribution of cannabis in VI. The penalty for possessing more than 10 oz is stiffer and could attract a larger fine or/and jail time. Minors who are caught abusing marijuana will have the product confiscated from them and they’ll be forced to attend a drug awareness program. Given the distribution and sale of cannabis is 100% illegal, it attracts even severe punishment.
On the other hand, cannabidiol is legal in the USVI and can be bought in St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.