US Virgin Islands enacts medical cannabis law, opens tourism business avenues

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has given a new medical marijuana law his stamp of approval, making the territory the latest Caribbean jurisdiction to open its doors to cannabis businesses and potential new tourism opportunities.

The move has been years in the making, with voters having favored medical cannabis in a 2014 referendum.

Read the U.S. Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act here.

In addition to the U.S. Virgin Islands, other U.S. territories that have approved MMJ include Guam and Puerto Rico.

An Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR) will be established within the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.

The OCR will publish rules within four months, and the issuance of licenses will start three months after that.

The law, known as the Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act (MCPCA), will also create a new medical cannabis tourism industry by allowing patients from states and countries with regulated markets to access Virgin Islands medical cannabis for a fee and, according to the statute, “allow non-cannabis patients worldwide to visit the Virgin Islands and receive cannabis therapy as part of an in-patient program.”

Three classes of cultivation will be allowed:

  • Patients and caregivers will be permitted to grow a small quantity for personal use.
  • “Family farms” will be allowed to cultivate up to 100 plants.
  • Larger commercial grow operations will be allowed to grow up to 1,000 plants.

The MCPCA will be tasked with regulating the medical cannabis industry by providing online “seed-to-sale” oversight, according to the law.

Licenses will be provided for MMJ product manufacturing facilities to process cannabis through extraction and infusing the extracts into goods that could act as a smokeless alternative for consumers.

Patients will be required to receive a medical cannabis recommendation from a health-care professional.

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4 comments on “US Virgin Islands enacts medical cannabis law, opens tourism business avenues
  1. Barbara King on

    We need Cannabis in North Carolina , The republicans do not want it, but we do have a democrat house, maybe we will get it.

    I know a lot of people have it sent from other states from relatives.
    North Carolina is missing out of a lot of money.

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  2. J Burnside on

    I also live in North Carolina and I am a healthcare professional. I have been a pharmacist for 20 years. My profession has turned a blind eye to cannabis because of it being a listed as schedule 1 narcotic- highly addictive with no medicinal value. We missed a major opportunity to be the experts in treatment of chronic pain, muscle spasticity due to Multiple Sclerosis, wasting due to HIV and terminal cancer. Shaking my head- yes. It will be a cold day in hell before North Carolina passes a medical or recreational cannabis law.

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  3. george mcnair on

    The main reason I’m leaving North Carolina is to save my life. I suffer from PTSD and sciatica. I hate opioids and I am tired of breaking the law so I have made the choice to leave other than remaining in the shadows.

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  4. David Nichols on

    It is nice hearing that Virgin Islands’ government are being open with medical marijuana. I hope that this will help patients to cure or at least alleviate their diseases. it is a great opportunity for Virgin Islands to open its doors towards medical marijuana businesses and tourism.

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