U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Says Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids For Pain Treatment

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Says Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids For Pain Treatment

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) said on Monday that marijuana often represents a safer alternative to opioids in the treatment of pain. During a broader speech on healthcare initiatives in the territory, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D) set aside time to tout the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis, which he signed a bill legalizing last year. That said, he stressed that legislators should approve a revised adult-use legalization bill he introduced last month in order to generate tax revenue that could support the effective implementation of the existing medical marijuana law. “Cannabis is safer, in many instances, for the treatment of pain than opioids that have become commonplace and an epidemic on the mainland,” he said. “And the other health benefits that cannabis provides are well-documented by the American College of Physicians and throughout healthcare professions.” A Cannabis Advisory Board that was established in December has “worked diligently to implement the requirements of the law and provide access and relief to patients,” he said. “But the industry, however, as it’s structured, is not self-sufficient.” Watch the governor discuss cannabis reform plans, starting around 36:31 into the video below:  Passing comprehensive marijuana legislation would enable USVI to “fund the necessary regulatory requirements” of a medical cannabis program. “We believe that the proposal being considered not only achieves this goal, but also creates a new source of additional direct tax revenues to support our government, and economic activity and to support commerce and entrepreneurship,” Bryan said, adding that it would…

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