- Medical Program
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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The U.S. Virgin Islands has legalized medical cannabis. Adult use of cannabis is decriminalized, but is still illegal.
Gov. Albert Bryan signed into law the Virgin Islands Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act. This allowed for physicians to recommend cannabis to qualifying patients, and its expansion may allow for the legalization of recreational cannabis as well.
Recreational or adult use of cannabis is illegal in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Possession of under 1 ounce (28 g) has been decriminalized.
The US Virgin Islands law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
Leafwell is not yet open in the US Virgin Islands but you can become a medical card holder.
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary. The US Virgin Islands’ Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR) is run by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA).
Yes, telemedicine is legal in the US Virgin Islands and you can get certified for cannabis online.
Medical marijuana patients may possess up to four ounces of cannabis flower.
Registered patients may grow up to 12 cannabis plants on their own property.
The US Virgin Islands has reciprocity and recognizes medical marijuana cards from other US states and territories.
A US Virgin Island medical cannabis card is valid in some other states with medical marijuana reciprocity laws.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
Registered patients are protected from discrimination in housing, school enrollment, child custody and visitation, and eligibility for medical care, including organ transplants. Employers are to treat off-site medical cannabis use the same as use of pharmaceutical medications. Employers may may presume a patient to be impaired if, during the work day, they have a THC concentration of 150 nanograms/ml or higher in their blood or urine. Employers maintain the right to keep a drug-free workplace.
Current US Virgin Island legislation specifies that medical marijuana must be tested for "potency, pesticides, mold, or contaminants."
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.