Medical Marijuana in the US Virgin Islands
The USVI Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act legalized medical cannabis in the USVI. Rules and regulations for medical cannabis are currently being discussed, and once those are completed, medical cards will be available and dispensaries will open.
Amendments to replace this bill are currently under review by the 33rd Legislature. The amendments would allow for adult-use marijuana.
Recreational Cannabis in the US Virgin Islands
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced an adult-use cannabis bill in December 2019. The bill has been redrafted and is currently under debate in the 33rd legislature.
The adult-use bill would allow any adult over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis from a dispensary.
As the bill stands now, an additional requirement will be an “adult-use permit”. This permit would be needed to purchase and consume cannabis. This requirement may not make it into the finalized bill though.
Is Weed Decriminalized in the USVI?
Cannabis is decriminalized in the Virgin Islands. While some have confused decriminalization and recreational use, you can still be fined for possession of cannabis. The VI Legislator overrode Governor de Jongh’s veto in 2014 to decriminalize marijuana.
What are the Penalties?
Current penalties for Marijuana consumption and distribution in the VI:
- Possession of less than 1oz. of Marijuana can result in confiscation and/or fine of $100-$200.
- More than 1oz. can result in a larger fine and possibly jail time.
- Confiscation and a mandated drug awareness program for any minor caught with any amount of marijuana.
- Selling and distribution still has stiff penalties.
It isn’t documented exactly how many cannabis-related penalties have issued since decriminalization. If anyone has been fined since decriminalization is a reasonable question. However, grow house and large smuggling operations are still 100% illegal, which has been strongly enforced with both fines and prison sentences.