U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Directs Lawmakers To Consider Marijuana Legalization In Special Session
The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is calling the legislature into special session this month to consider adult-use marijuana legalization. If the measure proposed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D) is adopted, USVI would become the third U.S. territory to legalize cannabis, following Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. “This amendment creates a regulated system, enables tourists and increases tax revenue to the government of the Virgin Islands,” Bryan said at a press conference, calling marijuana “a new revolution that has taken the nation by storm.” The legislature will consider the amendment as an addition to the territory’s current medical cannabis program on December 18. Bryan signed that existing policy into law earlier this year, though it hasn’t yet been implemented as regulatory body nominations have been held up in the legislature. What will USVI’s potential adult-use market look like? Under the new proposal, which Vibe High first reported, people over the age of 21 would have to obtain a license from the territory in order to purchase and grow marijuana. The governor did not use the term recreational while discussing the legislation, instead calling the licenses “non-prescribed” or “non-medicinal.” The medical cannabis program would…
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