The proposal, sponsored by Senator Terrence Nelson, would define hemp as having 0.3% THC or less, and would establish a licensing system for those wanting to cultivate the crop. The bill has been moved to the Senate Rules Committee, where its passage will set it up for a full Senate vote.
The U.S. Virgin Island’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Public Safety and Justice has voted 5 to 0 to approve Bill 30-0018, a proposal to decriminalize recreational cannabis.
Under the approved law, which now heads towards a full Senate vote, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will be decriminalized for those of all ages, reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a simple $100 to $200 ticket. If an individual caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis is under 18, they’ll also be required to complete a drug awareness course, and their parents will be notified of the charge.