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VI 'Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Act 2020' passes in HoA

- Premier Fahie makes it clear bill is not a freedom to 'smoke anywhere'
The VI 'Medicinal Cannabis Licensing ACT, 2020' essentially paves the way for the territory to establish its own medicinal marijuana industry, through the cultivation of special strains of cannabis on local farmlands, by local marijuana farmers. Photo: Internet Source
While thanking all who worked to make the bill a reality, the Premier Andrew A. Fahie promised that the new industry will also birth employment opportunities for the people, however, he warned that the bill is not a licence for the recreational use of marijuana. . Photo: HoA/Youtube
While thanking all who worked to make the bill a reality, the Premier Andrew A. Fahie promised that the new industry will also birth employment opportunities for the people, however, he warned that the bill is not a licence for the recreational use of marijuana. . Photo: HoA/Youtube
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Having its third and final reading at around 22:30hrs yesterday, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), the controversial VI 'Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020' was passed with amendments.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie in a social media update shortly after the passing of the bill said, "Major medicinal and economic benefits are in the Act for our people of the Virgin Islands and the Territory, as this is yet another initiative geared towards diversifying our economy in midst of the COVID-19 era."

The bill essentially paves the way for the Territory to establish its own medicinal marijuana industry, through the cultivation of special strains of cannabis on local farmlands, for medicinal purposes. 

While thanking all who worked to make the bill a reality, the Premier promised that the new industry will also birth employment opportunities for the people; however, he warned that the bill is not a licence for the recreational use of marijuana. 

Only for medicinal use - Premier Fahie

"This is only for medicinal cannabis and it is not license... or freedom for everyone to just use marijuana, this is not what it is about," he said.

"I want to make that abundantly clear because there's a lot of miscommunications so to speak, or misinformation about it and... this does not mean that everyone can smoke anywhere and do what they want with cannabis," Hon Fahie said. 

Ahead of its final reading, the bill was combed clause by clause by both the government and opposition in the committee stage of the House as recommended by Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). 

The motion for the third reading of the legislation was moved by the Premier and seconded by Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) before it was passed with amendments late Tuesday evening.

24 Responses to “VI 'Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Act 2020' passes in HoA”

  • weed (01/07/2020, 10:03) Like (54) Dislike (28) Reply
    Are you telling me i can't use a natural herb of the earth with out y'all license.black politicians please take your feet off our necks.the whole of y'all is a disgrace to Africa.
    • yess (01/07/2020, 10:23) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      We in the modern days old people always complaining like we in the 70s. Great job Vip
    • Really (01/07/2020, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      the flights are now leaving the territory you must surely know the way back
  • Fahie boy (01/07/2020, 10:04) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    You might say medicinal use but what’s stopping everybody from having a condition and abuse the system....nothing! Cause the government going profit
    • Greg (01/07/2020, 10:24) Like (10) Dislike (33) Reply
      Now more them island people going run up here to live
      • @ Greg (01/07/2020, 11:11) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
        Same thing I say everything that good benefit them in the bvi them run come from down the island
      • Education is key (01/07/2020, 13:43) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        Educate yourself before you speak nonsense please. The BVI is late on this one. Many other Caribbean countries have already legalized marijuana. Geez.
      • JJJ (01/07/2020, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        U need to shut u ass and grow up this is a island to
  • Stand your ground (01/07/2020, 10:10) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    We’re moving in a age of world wars and anything can happen if we don’t pass the laws to arm our citizens when push come to shove we get slaughtered like sheeps
  • hi (01/07/2020, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo looking workers ?
  • Ghost (01/07/2020, 10:12) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe that this is an good initiative for our country; not so much from a revenue generating prospective, rather from a medical one. However I feel that in view of this pandemic and also past hurricane Irma we also needed to be looking in depth at our food sustainability by improving our fishing and farming industries for we cannot live without food either.. so I feel strongly that latter priority need to be seriously looked at esp in view of this pandemic when most of our foods comes from the US mainland.. what if there a shortage, then what?...
  • Lady (01/07/2020, 10:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice
  • Cut deep (01/07/2020, 10:34) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is nice. Oh! Cut deep losing ratings. Little to no support
  • Pointless (01/07/2020, 10:36) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unless decriminalized this initiative is pointless are we catering to outsiders or putting or country first?
    • @Pointless (02/07/2020, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This entire country is about catering to outsiders, and I am not talking about our beloved brothers and sisters from other islands. I have nothing but love for anyone that shares the African history and blood. I am talking about the Caucasians who buy our politicians at a high rate and then end up selling them for cheap, I'm talking about the cronyism that weakens our leadership and doesn't add anything to the growth of our economy. So let them sit there! Marijuana should have been decriminalized a long time ago, but now because some outsider or a so called Uncle Tom Bishop is interested in selling medical marijuana, the government jumps on the idea and enforces a law without nary a say so from the public.
  • And ... (01/07/2020, 11:32) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    When are you going to change the laws for people not to be arrested for having a dime bag ir a joint, just for smoking pleasure?
  • Freedom to use... (01/07/2020, 11:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How are you going to dictate when and where people take their medication? Also, why not issue citations for those that have not gone thru the proper procedures to obtain and use this medication legally? Shouldn't that be looked at and be a priority? Locking people up for using one of the safest all natural medications should be criminal on the governments part. Never mind the fact that the government is destroying families and their livelihood by locking people up for such pettiness! Prison is where most low level offender learn to become HARD core criminals. Write people a ticket and send them on their way. Is it not a waste of manpower and tax payers money trying to take down someone like this? One last thing, people with chronic pain, anxiety, seizures and such... Usually purchase by the ounce and not g's. So no, having a ounce or 2 or 3 is not possession with an intent to distribute either!
  • smdh (01/07/2020, 12:07) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Such an important piece of legislation and not one single civilian resident, outside of HOA, can speak to what the law means or includes.
    • @smdh (01/07/2020, 13:04) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      The public should have been allowed to vote on this. Personally, I'm okay with the legalization, but that was a matter for the people to decide.
    • HAHA (01/07/2020, 19:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Speak for yourself if you watch the HOA on YouTube instead of watching stupidness you would know.
  • My Take (01/07/2020, 12:37) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    On Territory Day of all days. What an insult!
  • VIslander (01/07/2020, 15:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I didn't see this much outrage when homosexuality was made legal but all of this over God's plant. Check yourself people.
  • @Virgin island (01/07/2020, 18:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So true
  • shan (01/07/2020, 20:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y'all government sick bad.....y'all skip food and talking bout weed....y is it y'all only thinking bout outsiders and never the ppl of Tortola.......we have no need for medical marijuana....plz find some sense


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