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GANJA LIMBO: ‘Marijuana Use and Sale’ Remains Illegal in the U.S. Virgin Islands

GANJA LIMBO: 'Marijuana Use and Sale' Remains Illegal in the U.S. Virgin Islands

CHRISTIANSTED — If you read the police blotter every day, then you know what you are now reading is true: “marijuana use and sale” remains illegal in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a message perhaps timed for the weekend, the “Office of Cannabis Registration” (OCR) issued a press release at 4:34 p.m. Thursday called: “Government House Clarifies Status of Cannabis Use in the Territory.”

The OCR decree, sent from its own website, added:

On January 18, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed into law the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act (Act 8680), which allows for the legal use of cannabis for medicinal, sacramental and adult purposes and also regulates the production, distribution, sale and use of cannabis.

The law also provides additional economic opportunities for Virgin Islanders and will create additional revenue for the Government of the Virgin Islands.

However, a number of steps and actions by the Office of Cannabis Regulations – including the development and finalization of Rules and Regulations governing the cannabis industry in the Territory – must take place before the new law can be fully enacted.

Until then, the use and sale of cannabis remains prohibited under the Virgin Islands Code.

Cannabinoid Hemp products are currently allowed under the law including:

In addition, simple possession of cannabis has been decriminalized throughout the territory.

Among the steps necessary to fully enact the Cannabis Use Act are:

Until and when that process is completed, the following restrictions remain in effect throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands:

Once the Governor signs the approved Rules and Regulations enacting the Cannabis Use Act, the following activities will remain prohibited under the Virgin Islands Code:

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