U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization And Expungements Bills, And Issues Cannabis Pardon Proclamation

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization And Expungements Bills, And Issues Cannabis Pardon Proclamation
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The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has officially signed a pair of bills to legalize marijuana and facilitate cannabis expungements in the territory, making it the latest jurisdiction in the country to end prohibition. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D) signed the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Janelle Sarauw (I), just before a 10-day deadline for action. He also took the opportunity to issue a proclamation allowing people to petition for pardons for prior cannabis possession convictions. “From the beginning of the Bryan-Roach Administration, we have worked towards the legalization of the adult use of cannabis, and today, with the hard work of the members of the 34th Legislature and prior Legislatures and the efforts of my team, we are finally here and finally signing into law the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act,” the governor, who released his own legalization proposal in 2019, said. While Bryan thanked several lawmakers for their work on the issue at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, the sponsor of the reform legislation was notably absent and went unacknowledged. It’s no secret that there’s been tension between the two, with the governor publicly criticizing the senator at points over what he described as unnecessary delays in introducing the reform measure. “This Act incorporates key aspects of my original proposal, such as one streamlined regulatory scheme for both medicinal and adult use, enforcement powers for the Office of Cannabis Regulation, entrepreneurship and job opportunities for Virgin Islands residents, and the creation of a revenue stream to help fund critical Government initiatives and operations,” Bryan said. Sarauw told Marijuana Moment in an interview on Tuesday 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…

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