Puerto Rico: Governor Moves To Allow For Medical Use Of Marijuana

San Juan, PR: Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro J. García Padilla signed an executive order on Sunday to allow for the therapeutic use of cannabis and cannabinoids.

The Health Department now has 90 days to create regulations regarding how the new law will be implemented. Among the regulations to be debated will be whether or not to permit patients to access herbal cannabis. On Wednesday, Justice Department officials told the Associated Press that patients would most likely only have access to non-smoked preparations of cannabis, such as oils or pills.

Stated the Governor in a press release: "We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life. I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope."

The Governor acknowledged that several US states have already legalized the plant for therapeutic purposes and that Puerto Rican patients would benefit from a similar change in law.

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