Legislation in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana has become law.
The measure eliminates jail time for minor marijuana offenses. And under the new law, marijuana possession for those 18 years of age and older will be classified as a civil offense, punishable by only a fine of between $100 and $200. Those under the age of 18 will be required to complete a drug awareness program.
Previously, minor marijuana possession offenses in the USVI were punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The enactment of the new law “will go a long way in easing cost on the judicial system and judicial process,” said the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Terrance Nelson.