U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Would Be ‘Foolish’ Not To Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill, Senate Sponsor Says

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Would Be ‘Foolish’ Not To Sign Marijuana Legalization Bill, Senate Sponsor Says
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The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is set to become the next jurisdiction in the country to legalize marijuana, with a bill awaiting imminent action from the pro-reform governor. The sponsor wants to be clear, however, that the legislation is not meant to be an economic panacea for the territory, even if it might bolster tourism and help straighten up the existing medical cannabis program. Sen. Janelle Sarauw (I) told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Tuesday that she hasn’t heard from the governor’s office about his intentions for her legalization bill that the legislature delivered to his desk late last month. But she said it would be “foolish” of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D) “not to sign it,” especially given his repeated campaign pledges backing the reform in general even if he differs on specific provisions. The relationship between the senator and governor as it relates to cannabis legalization has been tense, despite the fact that both support ending prohibition and creating a regulated market. Bryan publicly pressured Sarauw to file her bill as it was being finalized, and the senator has been critical of the governor’s own earlier reform proposal. Sarauw said that it was imperative that the legislation wasn’t rushed, as she didn’t want to see a repeat of what she’s described as a poor rollout of the medical cannabis law that was enacted early in Bryan’s administration. Her legislation serves a dual purpose to that end: legalizing marijuana for adult use while substituting the medical cannabis law. “I combined both of them so they can move parallel to each other,” she said. “The major difference in the recreational piece is that a recreational piece allows for a greater component around social equity in the territory.” Ending prohibition is a major reform—but not one that she wants…

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