By A.J. Herrington, Forbes on January 23, 2023
The U.S. Virgin Islands this week passed legislation to legalize cannabis for adults, bringing the number of states and territories in the United States that have legalized recreational marijuana to 25. Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act (Act 8680) on Wednesday, legalizing marijuana use by adults for medicinal, sacramental and other uses.
“From the beginning of the Bryan-Roach Administration, we have worked towards the legalization of the adult use of cannabis, and today, with the hard work of the members of the 34th Legislature and prior Legislatures and the efforts of my team, we are finally here and finally signing into law the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act,” the governor said in a statement. “This Act incorporates key aspects of my original proposal, such as one streamlined regulatory scheme for both medicinal and adult use, enforcement powers for the Office of Cannabis Regulation, entrepreneurship and job opportunities for Virgin Islands residents, and the creation of a revenue stream to help fund critical Government initiatives and operations.”
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