In the Virgin Islands A New Penalty System For Pot

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Sen. Terrence Nelson’s bill would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, making it a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket, carrying a $100 fine. It also would reduce the penalties across the board for possessing marijuana, selling marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute or sell and growing marijuana. Under the bill, the penalties are based on the amount of marijuana involved. For instance, selling up to five pounds of marijuana would be considered a misdemeanor offense. Selling any amount of marijuana more than five pounds – without limit – would be a felony, with the maximum penalty being two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The bill prescribes the following penalties for marijuana-related offenses:

Offense Classification Penalties

– Possession of 2 ounces or less Civil offense $100 fine and forfeiture of contraband

– Someone under age 18 possessing 2 ounces or less Civil offense $100 fine and forfeiture of contraband, parents/

guardian notified and offender required to

complete an approved drug awareness program

– Openly and publicly displaying,

consuming, or using two ounces or less Misdemeanor Fine of not more than $200

– Possession of between 2 ounces and 8 ounces Misdemeanor Fine of $100 to $200

– Possession of between 8 ounces and a pound Misdemeanor Fine of $200 to $1,000

– Possession of 3 ounces or less of marijuana

concentrate, which means hashish,

tetrahydrocannabinols, or any alkaloid, salt,

derivative, preparation or compound, whether

natural or synthesized, of tetrahydrocannabinols Misdemeanor Fine of $200 to $1,000

– Possession of more than a pound of marijuana

or more than three ounces of marijuana concentrate Misdemeanor Fine of up to $5,000

– Dispensing, selling, distributing or possessing

with the intent to do so a pound of less of marijuana

or marijuana concentrate Misdemeanor Up to a year in jail, fine of up to $1,000, or both

– Dispensing, selling, distributing or possessing

with the intent to do so more than a pound of marijuana

or marijuana concentrate, but less than five pounds Misdemeanor Up to a year in jail, fine of up to $5,000, or both

– Dispensing, selling, distributing or possessing

with the intent to do so more than five pounds of

marijuana or marijuana concentrate. There is no

upper limit on the amount of marijuana Felony Up to two years in prison, fine of up to $10,000

fine, or both

– Manufacturing marijuana, 10 or fewer plants Misdemeanor $100 to $1,000 fine

– Manufacturing marijuana, 11 to 49 plants Misdemeanor Up to a year in jail, up to $5,000 fine, or both.

– Manufacturing marijuana, 50 or more plants,

with no upper limit on the number of plants Felony Up to two years in prison and a fine of not more

than $10,000 or both.

Additionally:

– The bill deletes existing sections of law that prohibit trafficking in marijuana and hashish and that set out penalties for doing so.

– The bill excludes those convicted of possessing marijuana, selling it, distributing it, and manufacturing it from a provision in V.I. Code that makes drivers license revocation for two to five years mandatory for persons convicted of drug offenses.

 

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