Funding for medical marijuana back in budget bill


Funding for the island’s first-ever medical marijuana program has been provided in the Legislature’s fiscal year 2020 budget bill.

In an interview with the Andrea Pellacani show on NewsTalk K57, Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes said that $759,000 has been provided for the medical marijuana program after it was stricken out in the initial version of the budget bill.

The Speaker said she and Sen. Clynt Ridgell worked with the Office of Finance and Budget to provide funding for the medical marijuana program.

She said there will be a revision in the budget bill that will specifically provide for the medical marijuana funding

“We will continue to advocate until the medical marijuana program is successful,” the Speaker said.

Medical marijuana advocate Jon Savares thanked the Speaker for her help in getting funding back on board. He said the funding is important to finally getting the medical marijuana program off the ground.