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Puerto Rico: Island's First Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Open For Business

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Puerto Rico: Island's First Medical Cannabis

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico's first legal medical cannabis dispensaries opened their doors last week. The new facilities are operating in accordance with a 2015 executive order by Gov. Alejandro J. Garcia Padilla, which called on health officials to regulate the dispensing of cannabis-infused products - such as oils and pills - to qualified patients.

An estimated 2,000 patients within the US territory are authorized to access the products. Under the new regulatory scheme, patients are not permitted to cultivate their own cannabis. Also, herbal preparations of cannabis are not allowed.

Twenty-three firms are presently licensed on the island to grow, sell, or process cannabis or related products.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.