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In 2015, Puerto Rico joined the ranks of other U.S. states and territories when its governor signed an executive order to legalize medical marijuana. Although the country has since issued additional regulations to add clarity, its Medical Cannabis Act allows patients to pursue marijuana for the treatment of many debilitating conditions.
The debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment programs include but are not limited to:
You could also be approved by a certifying physician if you have a condition that isn’t on this list, if you haven’t responded well to traditional forms of treatment.
Puerto Rico has its own set of regulations for Medical Marijuana that is influenced by current legislation in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legalized. The Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board (MCRB) is part of Puerto Rico’s Department of Health, which oversees the entire medical marijuana treatment program.
The MCRB not only authorizes medical marijuana cards to qualified patients, but it also:
The program doesn’t allow patients to smoke medical marijuana, but other methods, such as vaporization, are permitted.
Medical marijuana cards can be obtained by both residents of Puerto Rico and visitors who have a medical marijuana card in their state. Residents must follow this process:
Visitors with a medical marijuana card from their home state can go in person to the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board to fill out an application and pay a fee to purchase cannabis medications while in Puerto Rico.
In November 2017, the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board released the following statistics: