Pot Possession Decriminalized In US Virgin Islands

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 22, 2014

    Legislation decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis in the United States Virgin Islands became law this weekend.

    On Friday, Senate lawmakers voted to override Gov. John P. DeJongh’s line-item veto of the decriminalization provision, which had been included in territory’s 2015 fiscal year budget.

    The depenalization measure eliminates jail time for minor marijuana offenses. Under the new law, cannabis possession for those age 18 and older is classified as a civil offense, punishable by a fine between $100 and $200. Those under the age of 18 will also be required to complete a drug awareness program.

    (Under the previous law, minor marijuana possession offenses 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 bill’s sponsor, Sen. Terrance Nelson. Senators voted 14-0 to override the President’s veto.

    34 responses to “Pot Possession Decriminalized In US Virgin Islands”

    1. Eric says:

      awesome!! this is great!

    2. Omar X says:

      Yet another brick in the wall crumbles to dust…

    3. Mark I. says:

      Makes sense to me. It is not rational for the ignorant and intollerant to accept the truth. They are blissfull in their selfish endeavors to restrict and prohibit instead of accept and embrace.

    4. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Not awesome!

      100 to 200 dollar TAX!

      How much is the tax increased upon non-payment/failure to pay the stealth tax???

      What happens to unfortunate victims of these illegal taxes disguised as “fines” when they can not pay the fine?

      That case would be transferred to criminal court and could lead to the Cannabis “offender” being jailed in a cage.

      I believe you censor my comments due to the fact that your organization and your attorneys can not dispute my logic based legal criticism?…scared of an old man with a G.E.D. Diploma?…HA!

    5. Eric K. Johnson says:

      @”Eric” – awesome!! this is great!

      The name Eric means Kingly or King like…don’t you wish it were your real name?

    6. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Time: Christmas Eve

      Place: Anywhere, U.S.A…. where bridges or tent cities exist…and where illegal taxes on cannabis may be used to punish poor Americans

      Somewhere, right now, a poor American is being illegally persecuted by being “fined” 100 to 200 dollars for a cannabis offense.

      Upon finding her Christmas Stocking empty and unable to pay the fine (stealth black market tax), this Civil Offender’s case will be transferred to a Criminal Court… where she may be arrested and jailed for non-payment of the “civil fine”…MERRY CHRISTMAS!…EVERY ONE!…especially to those poor victims who may spend Christmas behind bars.

      Stealth taxes disguised as “fines” are illegal/invalid…and morally wrong.


      If it isn’t signed Eric K. Johnson, it ain’t me…Ye shall know me by my dots!

    7. Dusty Relic says:

      At one time decriminalization would have made me rejoice but with four states and the District having legalized possession — and with legal sales in those same four states — this news falls a little flat. Still, although a baby step, it is at least in the right direction so yay.

    8. J says:

      This is a good step… about the fines, someone should set up crowd funding or whatever you call it to pay the MJ fines all across the USA and these islands.. then no one goes to jail..

    9. Eric K. Johnson says:

      …or whatever you call it to pay the MJ fines all across the USA and these islands… – J

      The payment of the Stealth Tax placed on the cannabis Black Market…is not a fine…is not a fine… is not a fine…I’m not nearly out of breath.

      Convoluted laws lead to convoluted legal battles that will go ’round and ’round like a Merry Go Round that actually goes nowhere?…until Cannabis Prohibition is abolished…The inevitable is inevitable…inevitably.

    10. Sean says:

      While this is a step in the right direction, decriminalization is a means to an end, not the end in itself. Decriminalization still means you get fined. Decriminalization means no consumer protection unless you resort to vigilantism for protection against rip off artists. Even project SAM supports decriminalization. Decriminalization, which is still prohibition, fully protects criminals, black marketers and con artists.