For the fourth year in a row, US Virgin Islands National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — USVI NORML — has renewed its request to the Governor and Legislature of the US Virgin Islands to end the prohibition of cannabis. The group said it wants responsible marijuana use by adults to be taxed and regulated, and for cannabis to be made available to adults for medicinal benefits and for personal recreational use.
“We propose a day of moratorium as a good faith gesture in advance of imminently passing laws to end the failed prohibition of cannabis,” said USVI NORML Executive Director Linda Adler. “The moratorium will remove any penalties attributed to the personal possession and use of marijuana for this predetermined 24-hour period.
“This day shall be proclaimed as Cannabis Liberation Day,” Adler said.
Adler said the group was requesting that what she called the “unsustainable funding cost” of enforcement, prosecution and incarceration, which she said ran into hundreds of millions of dollars, should be redirected into youth programs for educational purposes and services to benefit the citizens of the US Virgin Islands territory.
“The taxation and increase in tourism revenue will represent a budget solution to our dire financial crises,” Adler said. “Instead of firings, we can look forward to hirings of Virgin Islanders to participate in this beneficial and lucrative business model.
“We urge our lawmakers to ensure that the US Virgin Islands is the first Caribbean island to end prohibition,” Adler said.
For more information regarding cannabis law reform in the US Virgin Islands, contact Linda Adler, executive director of USVI NORML, at 360.556.6854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.