Virgin Islanders get first look at Senate's bill legalizing cannabis

Virgin Islanders got their first look Monday at a law legalizing cannabis use for adults and another proposed bill expunging cannabis convictions.

Sen. Janelle Sarauw, sponsor of both proposed bills, acknowledged in a written statement that the bills were a long time coming. “It has been a very cumbersome process to get these bills to where they are today,” she wrote.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. proposed his version of the Cannabis Use Act in 2019 and again in 2020. Less than two weeks ago, Bryan’s re-election campaign chided Sarauw for not publishing the legislation despite promises to do so in 2021.

Sarauw and gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kurt Vialet are running to replace Bryan and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach in the Nov. 8 election. Vialet has said publicly that he was not in favor of cannabis legalization. Phone messages left at Vialet’s office and personal line were not immediately returned.

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