Legislation that would legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older has been signed into law by the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The legislation, filed by Senator Janelle Sarauw, was passed by the Senate in an overwhelming 11 to 1 vote in December, and was signed into law today by Govenor Albert Bryan Jr., who has been a longtime proponent of legalizing marijuana.
“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,” said Governor Bryan Jr. in a public statement.
Under the proposed law, those 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, up to 14 grams of cannabis concentrates, and an ounce of marijuana edibles or other products such as tinctures. They will be able to legally purchase these products from licensed marijuana retail outlets.
The new law will establish the Office of Cannabis Regulation which will be in charge of marijuana business licenses and overseeing industry regulations.