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Marijuana legislation to be introduced @ 10th Sitting of HoA

- Sitting set for today, June 19, 2020
The Government of the Virgin Islands had previously said it is seeking to cash in on the medical marijuana industry as another source of revenue. Photo: Harvard Health
The ‘Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020’ is scheduled to be introduced and given a first reading when the Tenth Sitting of the Second session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) is held at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, today, June 19, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
The ‘Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020’ is scheduled to be introduced and given a first reading when the Tenth Sitting of the Second session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) is held at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, today, June 19, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), back in January 2020, said his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was exploring ways to get established medical marijuana companies to enter the VI with the aims of helping to innovate the industry. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), back in January 2020, said his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was exploring ways to get established medical marijuana companies to enter the VI with the aims of helping to innovate the industry. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- As the Government of the Virgin Islands seeks to bring about new revenue streams to the Territory, especially since the mother country, the United Kingdom, has bluntly refused to meaningfully assist the economy financially after the destructive hurricanes of 2017 and now the global coronavirus pandemic, another important but controversial legislation will be introduced in the House of Assembly (HoA).

The ‘Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020’ is scheduled to be introduced and given a first reading when the Tenth Sitting of the Second session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) is held at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, today, June 19, 2020.

According to the Order Paper released by HoA spokesman, Mr Linton V. Leonard, the bill will be brought to the House by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Government has previously said it is seeking to cash in on the medical marijuana industry as another source of revenue and is looking at having 100 Virgin Islanders use 50 acres of land to plant cannabis.

Premier Fahie, back in January 2020, said his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was also exploring ways to get established medical marijuana companies to enter the VI with the aims of helping to innovate the industry.

"That's going to open up the BVI tremendously, and what incentives will we give to those investors, whether they are local or foreign, we also working on those," he said.

In July of last year, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) had said the previous administration had drafted a bill on the legalisation of marijuana and that he was reviewing it.

Meanwhile, the US Virgin Islands (USVI) has also been looking at using marijuana as an additional revenue source.

Lucrative marijuana industry

The US marijuana industry is worth billions of dollars, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Ten US states have legalised recreational marijuana use, and 33 have legalised medicinal use.

According to Market Insider in May 2019, Marijuana Business Factbook estimates the legal-marijuana industry's economic impact in the US was between $20 billion and $23 billion in 2017. It estimates the economic impact could reach as high as $77 billion by 2022.

Another study estimated the marijuana industry in the US would grow to at least 330,000 jobs by 2022, a higher number than the 268,000 employees at US steel and iron mills.

Investors poured more than $10 billion into the North American marijuana industry in 2018, according to the Associated Press. That's twice the total amount invested in the previous three years.

20 Responses to “Marijuana legislation to be introduced @ 10th Sitting of HoA”

  • Legalize (19/06/2020, 12:27) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    We need 600cc and Weed
  • speed (19/06/2020, 12:38) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    We going full speed ahead please apply the brakes on some things. yes 4 years is short but tap the brakes sometimes.
  • ganja man (19/06/2020, 12:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    owwwwww
  • Hmm (19/06/2020, 13:29) Like (18) Dislike (38) Reply
    Gambling, Marijuana and easier/ quicker access to liquor licences...Our young men are in trouble. Some people won't be able to pay their child support after this or even pay rent. Children will go hungry, more persons will become dependent on the state, more people will get sick and crime will go up. What a sad time.
  • Medical? (19/06/2020, 13:46) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Shortsighted. Use the models like California, Colorado, Canada. Make it equal to alcohol, with an age restriction and accompanying legislation for driving under the influence.
    Then, license distributors (just like liquor licences) at the Pier Park and tourist (and local distributors too!) areas for edibles, smokeables and infused drinks.
    Sit back and watch the tourist numbers skyrocket and replace financial services as our primary pillar.
    Next watch the numbers at Balo go down because we're not putting our young men away for a little weed.
    • Not at All (19/06/2020, 15:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      We will make money yes and yes our young men will not go to prison because it is now legalized BUT what about other social impacts? Will the money be pumped back into the social services to deal with other social ills as they arise? We need to be honest with ourselves, these issues will become more identifiable. We should not turn a blind eye to this.
    • okay (19/06/2020, 16:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      We can make all the legislations that we want, lack of enforcement is already an issue in this territory. It needs to be enhanced.
  • hhmmm (19/06/2020, 15:14) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    So while you are worrying about the laws that might legallize weed . It is still okay for pastors to take the people money and brainwash the people about the white Jesus . Black people know your history know that before the Virgin Islands was colonized the INDIGENOUS PEOPLE & AFRICAN descendants didn't know jack shhhh about Jesus . Its the white man (slave masters) is what beat it into our souls , So wake up and stop feeling fear of God and Satan. Know that there's is a natural energy in the world and that always help us prosper once we seek wisdom . LIVE UP MY PEOPLE AND FREE YOUR MIND FROM THIS BONDAGE .
    • @hmmm (20/06/2020, 07:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know that they are to brainwashed to understand any of what you saying? Even though it is a historical fact. You would think pastors would do more to educate their congregation instead of telling them about some imaginary heaven and hell. Funny thing is even if people don't understand what you are saying, they must realize something is wrong with religion when their pastors go against the beliefs and teachings of the good book. And they the congregation are complicit because it allows them to be nothing but a bunch of judgemental, greedy, turn a blind eye to every wrong that is going on in the church and in their own lifes people. They know it is BS, but its so ingrained that they have become sheep while the wolves and leopards have taken over.
  • Viboy33 (19/06/2020, 16:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dont let foreigners come in and get a whole of the pue make it to where bvilanders and belonged control the market let these guys abroad learn the ins and out and then get to buisness.
  • wondering (19/06/2020, 16:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So are we BVIslanders going to be able to sit in the Casino smoking da weed with the tourists dem? Or are we goin to be locked out?? hmmmm?
  • josiah'sbay (19/06/2020, 20:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We don't have a large enough population for medical marijuana. We have to do recreational marijuana and medicinal.
  • Big Slick Willie (20/06/2020, 03:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess I need to put in a great pizza place.
  • jokers (20/06/2020, 11:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    HURRY UP WITH DEH TING NUGH
    WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PLANT 6 TREES A PERSON A FAMILY
    WALK WITH UP TO 2 OUNCE A PERSON
    THEN WE GONA HAVE A BLESS VI
    CANT WAIT
  • Interested (20/06/2020, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    May God have mercy on us all especially those in authority who cal God’s Name every chance they get
  • concerned1 (22/06/2020, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bvi, you need to educate yourselves and do some research before you jump for joy and think that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana is going to benefit the small man. this was also done in other caribbean islands and it only benefited the foreign companies and the rich. be careful what you ask for, you may just get it.
  • Hmmmm (22/06/2020, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHERE IS THE LEGISLATION FOR FOOD SECURITY? THAT SHOULD BE DONE FIRST.


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