Positive Nelson Says He Won’t Be Satisfied Until The Whole Territory Has Gone To Pot
If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.
That seems to be the message from one St. Croix senator.
Sen. Terrence “Positive” Nelson said on Thursday that he has submitted a medical marijuana legalization bill to the Legislature, despite the fact that there is little official support for it in the territory.
It’s the second time Nelson has submitted a medical marijuana bill. In 2014 he introduced a measure that also had majority support in the islands. However, then-Attorney General Claude Walker warned at the time that passing a law legalizing medical cannabis would put the islands in a precarious position with the federal government. Lawmakers ultimately scrapped the bill after a number of public forums and legislative hearings.
Nelson said he has re-introduced the bill “to fulfill his obligation as a policymaker to the people of the Virgin Islands,” who he claims originally supported the 2014 legalization push.
Growing your own pot at home would also be permitted, with a cardholder able to cultivate up to 12 plants, mature or immature, according to the proposed legislation.
Medical conditions that would qualify for medical marijuana include the following:
• hepatitis C
• amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
• Crohn’s disease
• ulcerative colitis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• traumatic brain injury
• hospice care
• Parkinson’s disease
• Huntington’s disease
• chronic pain
• neuropathic pain
• muscle spasms