US Virgin Islands Enacts Medical Cannabis Access Law

USVI: Democratic Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed legislation into law last week establishing a regulated medical cannabis market in the US Virgin Islands.

The Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act permits qualified patients to possess and access cannabis and cannabis-infused products from licensed dispensaries. Specified patients will also be permitted to cultivate their own marijuana.

Under the law, regulators must finalize rules governing the program within 180 days.

The Virgin Islands is the third US territory to legalize medical cannabis access — joining Guam and Puerto Rico.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.


US Virgin Islands: The Next Medical Cannabis Destination

WASHINGTON:  This week lawmakers from around the country are in Seattle for the National Conference of State Legislatures. While here, Senator Terrance ‘Positive’ Nelson was back for a second visit in recent months on a fact finding mission as he writes medical marijuana laws for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Acting as a tour guide, Mike West of Green Lion Farms led Senator Nelson and a group of legislators onto The Herban Safari Pot Tour Bus in Seattle and visited several cannabis businesses of interest to the visitors.

While being given a full history of medical cannabis in Washington the visitors were able to see a medical cannabis dispensary (Northwest Patient Resource Center), a processing facility (Green Lion Farms), a testing lab (Analytical 360), and a retail cannabis shop (Seattle Cannabis Company).

While the tour only lasted a few hours, lawmakers were able to get a feel of what is working in Washington and what challenges they may be looking at as they plan to legalize medical marijuana later this year.

See the tour slideshow on Marijuana Channel One:

Having ‘High Tea’ With A US Virgin Island Senator

WASHINGTON:  This week I had the pleasure of attending Green Lion Farms in the Sodo district of Seattle for “High Tea,” a special event put on to welcome and celebrate a visit from the US Virgin Island Senator Terrance “Positive” Nelson and his delegation.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event but Washington’s cannabis business industry surprised me and came out in force to welcome this special group. There was live music, a few speakers, fancy little sandwiches, fresh cannabis leaf centerpieces, and a steady flow of tea.

I talked to almost everybody from the traveling party and what struck me the most from all of them was being reminded what it was like to live outside of the cannabis bubble I seem to be dwelling in. Here in Washington I am experiencing the normalization of cannabis while in the Virgin Islands it is still a taboo subject.

Just a few short years ago it was a taboo subject in my social world too. However, now that I openly use it medicinally and have a job that involves the marijuana industry, it is no longer allowed to be au untouchable subject.