U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed the Health-related Cannabis Patient Care Act into law Tuesday.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Constructive T.A. Nelson, received final approval from the Legislature on December 28. The measure legalizes healthcare marijuana for these who obtain a recommendation from a doctor.
Complete healthcare marijuana laws have been adopted in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Seventeen other states have adopted healthcare marijuana laws that are ineffective mainly because they are either unworkable or exceptionally restrictive. Idaho is the only state and American Samoa is the only U.S. territory devoid of any kind of healthcare marijuana law.
“We applaud Gov. Bryan and the Virgin Islands Legislature for enacting this sensible and compassionate legislation”, says Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Medical marijuana is broadly recognized as an successful therapy for a wide variety of debilitating circumstances and symptoms. This new law presents the prospect of relief for numerous sufferers, and it will do so for generations to come.”
O’Keefe continies “Most U.S. states and territories have enacted successful healthcare cannabis laws, and these that have not are providing them increasingly stronger consideration. There is no explanation why sufferers in 18 states and American Samoa should really continue to be deprived of this healthcare therapy solution that is now accessible to so a lot of of their fellow Americans.”