Article: US Virgin Islanders punished for growing cannabis while officials ponder rules for legal grow houses

As published by the Virgin Islands Daily News

Virgin Islanders are still facing serious criminal penalties for growing marijuana, as the V.I. government continues to struggle with implementing a 2019 law that provides a path for Virgin Islanders to grow marijuana legally.

Two of those affected are a St. Croix couple who told police they started growing marijuana after the 2017 hurricanes to support themselves financially. The couple, Colin Merchant and Delia James-Merchant, were arrested in Aug. 2018 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.


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