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Puerto Rico: Rules Adopted For Medical Cannabis Distribution Program

Thursday, 04 February 2016

Puerto Rico: Rules Adopted For Medical Cannabis Distribution Program

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Health Department officials have signed off on regulations overseeing the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis within the US territory. The new program is anticipated to be operational by year's end.

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro J. Garcia Padilla signed an executive order in May calling on health officials to adopt regulations permitting medical cannabis production and access. Under the new plan, patients who possess a physician's authorization will be able to obtain cannabis-infused products, such as oils and pills, from state-licensed facilities.

Patients will not be permitted to cultivate their own marijuana and herbal formulations of medical cannabis will not be permitted.

Under Puerto Rico law, cannabis possession is classified as a felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.