Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. reminded Virgin Islanders Friday that, despite the marijuana law he signed early this year, cannabis remains largely illegal in the territory until the fine print is worked out.
The Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act, signed into law Jan. 18, allows for the legal use and sale of cannabis by adults but won’t officially go into effect until after rules and regulations are enacted.
“Until then, the use and sale of cannabis remains prohibited under the V.I. Code,” according to a press release from Government House. This includes both the plant and its derivatives.
The Office of Cannabis Regulations needs to complete the regulations and send them to the Cannabis Advisory Board, then on to the Virgin Islands Department of Justice. From there, the regulations go for public review. Then the rules, along with any public comment, go back to the Advisory Board before being sent to the governor. Then, and only then, will sales and use be fully legal.