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The Bryan administration has issued a press release aimed at clarifying the status of marijuana use in the U.S. Virgin Islands, stating that while Governor Bryan signed into law the legal use of cannabis for recreational, sacramental and other purposes, until certain steps and actions are implemented, the drug remains illegal in the territory.
Mr. Bryan signed into law the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act (Act 8680) on Jan. 18. Aside from the legalization of use in several categories, it also provides additional economic opportunities for Virgin Islanders and will create additional revenue for the Government of the Virgin Islands, according to Government House.
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, Government House said.
"Until then, the use and sale of cannabis remains prohibited under the V.I. Code," the administration made known Thursday afternoon.
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:
According to Government House, once the governor signs the approved Rules and Regulations enacting the Cannabis Use Act, the following activities will remain prohibited under the V.I. Code: