Qualifying for Medical Marijuana in Puerto Rico

Updated on February 27, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

The criteria for qualifying for medical marijuana in Puerto Rico is similar to the requirements in other countries and states in the U.S. For patients who believe cannabis medications would improve their quality of life, Puerto Rico’s Regulation No. 8766 lays out the guidelines and steps they must take.

Puerto Rico’s Medical Marijuana Qualifications

There are only certain medical conditions that are approved to pursue medical marijuana medications. Puerto Rican residents must be 18 years or older. However, if parents can obtain cannabis medicine for their child as long as both parents approve. Tourists visiting Puerto Rico can also use their own state’s medical marijuana card in reciprocity while in Puerto Rico.

The qualifying conditions include:

Other conditions that have not responded to traditional treatments could also be approved — meet with your doctor to see if you qualify.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Puerto Rico

The Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board (MCRB) is the branch of Puerto Rico’s Department of Health that oversees their medical marijuana program. The process to become a patient may take some time, so it’s important for patients who wish to receive cannabis medications to begin as soon as possible:

  1. Meet with a physician registered with the MCRB to receive a cannabis recommendation.
  2. Fill out the applications and associated forms found on the MCRB website.
  3. Visit the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board in person to submit the application and physician recommendation, show approved identification and pay the application fee.
  4. If approved, come to the MCRB to obtain medical marijuana card.
  5. Choose one of the medicinal cannabis establishments to be the dispensary from which medications are obtained.

Patients can fill out additional paperwork to assign a caregiver to obtain their medical marijuana medications for them.

For tourists with a medical marijuana card from their state, they must come to the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board in person to pay the application fee so they can use a Puerto Rican medicinal cannabis establishment.

How to Access Medical Marijuana in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has strict guidelines about where patients can access their medical marijuana products. The law prohibits personal cultivation, and the current regulation states patients can only choose one medicinal cannabis establishment from which to obtain their medications.

Many patients find this inconvenient, as it doesn’t allow them access to their cannabis medicine if they’re traveling to another district. For this reason, there has been speculation that the government will change this aspect of the regulation in the future. Patients can obtain a 30-day supply of medication when they visit their facility.

Legal Protections for Puerto Rican Medical Marijuana Patients

Because marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug, patients accessing cannabis need to have their medical marijuana card on them at all times. There are strict penalties for drug possession which could include a hefty fine and up to ten years in prison. However, patients with a current medical marijuana card are free from prosecution as long as they follow the guidelines set forth by Regulation No. 8766.

Even if they have a card, patients should practice discretion. Marijuana medication should only be used in private homes, not in public. Also, patients should only carry the specified amount — no more.

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