The Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR) is the USVI regulatory body proposed to oversee all cannabis related matters in the territory. The OCR will be under the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA). Led by the 9-member USVI Cannabis Advisory Board, the OCR will be in charge of registering & issuing medical marijuana cards (referred to as “med cards”), regulating acceptable medical conditions for medicinal use, and licensing marijuana growers, cannabis testing facilities, as well as dispensaries.
For a patient to be eligible for a med card, a medical practitioner must prescribe the use of cannabis for a qualifying medical condition.
Specifically, the USVI MCPCA describes the patient must have:
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Hospice care
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pains
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe, debilitating pain; severe nausea; seizures; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
- Any chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment or the symptoms related to any medical condition for which a healthcare practitioner believes the use of medical cannabis will provide a therapeutic or palliative benefit to his or her patient; or
- Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the OCR