U.S. Virgin Islands governor signs bill to legalize medical marijuana

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Yet another American territory has decided to end its long-lasting prohibition on medical cannabis.

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Gov. Albert Bryan on Thursday signed the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act, allowing residents to consume and possess marijuana for therapeutic purposes, reports the Marijuana Moment.

Patients will be able to receive a recommendation for medical marijuana from a licensed medical practitioner to treat qualifying conditions that includes cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

Qualifying residents can possess up to four ounces of cannabis at a time, while non-residents will be capped at three ounces.

“I am ready to assist with the establishment of rules and regulations which will be the next step,” Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson said in a text to the Marijuana Moment. “However, each jurisdiction cannot be satisfied with our own success in getting local law changed, but must continue the charge until there are changes to federal government law.”

The USVI joins U.S. territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico that have acted to allow residents to use cannabis for medical purposes.

“We applaud Gov. Bryan and the Virgin Islands Legislature for enacting this sensible and compassionate legislation,” said Marijuana Policy Project director Karen O’Keefe in a press release. “Medical marijuana is widely recognized as an effective treatment for a variety of debilitating conditions and symptoms. This new law offers the prospect of relief for countless patients, and it will do so for generations to come.”

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Oscar Pascual

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