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.
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.