This is a serious question, so please don't snicker too loud. I would love to retire in STX but marijuana is illegal there. I live in Northern California and medical marijuana is respected as a fine art here. I use it for pain and to relieve anxiety.
Is legalizing it in STX being discussed? I guess the warm sun would ease my pain and the dizziness of being back in my beloved Caribbean would be enough high for me but it sure would be more fun to have an occasional joint.
Currently all marijauna is illigal in the VI.
That does not seem to stop most people using for whatever reasons.
Cannabis could be our state plant and is grown abundantly.
The feds and local law enforecment folks do thier bi-annual fly overs to nab the most obvious and larger plantations but that doesn't really affect supply.
Many citizens grow thier own stone safely at home!
Once hemp cultivation becomes legal, the cat and mouse game will be over.
As I understand it hemp cultivation is still illegal under federal law. If the initiative passes and the legislature proceeds with laws to legalize hemp cultivation, this would place us in the same position as some states that have conflicting state/federal law. In theory even if legalized by the VI government, you could still be arrested under federal law. Interesting dichotomy.
Yes, we live with this in California but it seems to be a cautious stand-off with the feds, who are quite fair in most cases. If you rub their noses in it, they send in the slash and burn teams but if you are just growing a few plants for yourself (and most of us do) you are left alone.
Even the VA modified their rules two years ago because they know it helps with PTSD and pain. They only allow it in MMJ states, however.
The more folks learn about the healing effects of the plant, the more on board they are.
Thanks for the response.
In WA, the feds will step in hard!!! if people do overt non-medical or dumb stuff - they strictly enforce the distance rule from school zones etc...even for medical MJ clinics.
There is a referndum for industrial hemp on the ballot.
There was a proposed medicinal marijuana bill for a referendum but it FAILED
Marijuana and cannabis of any sort is illegal in the USVI.
There is talk of both a medical and decrim bill being worked on - to be brought to committee before January.
If you want more information - call me.
Exec. Director, USVI NORML
Pardon my ignorance on all this, but are hemp PRODUCTS legal down here (like hemp seeds, hemp protein etc)? Or is it just the growing of the hemp that is illegal?
I have seen hemp products - food type items - for sale in Fruit Bowl, I think, but can't say I have really paid much attention.
The fact is that smoking, growing, possessing or whatever it is having to do with Marijuana, is, at this point in time, illegal.
As for other hemp type products, I really can't say.
Contact stxchick2012 as she would probably have more and better info for you.