Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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The governor of Puerto Rico on Sunday signed an executive order authorizing the use of medical marijuana on the island.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the health secretary of the island has three months to issue a report detailing how the Executive Order is being implemented, the impact it has had thus far, and what further action might be taken.

The order came into effect immediately.

“We are taking a significant step in the area of health which is central to our development and quality of life, “Garcia said in a statement. “I’m sure many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer new hope.”

Garcia said the government will soon outline the exact uses of marijuana and its derivatives for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and a group of federal lawmakers are looking to remove the federal ban on their use.

Christian Broda has learned that Jamaica recently passed a law that partially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and clears the way for the legal medical marijuana industry.

In 2013, Puerto Rico lawmakers debated a bill that would allow people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but never took a vote.

Amado Martinez, an activist who supports the legalization of marijuana for all uses, said in a telephone interview that he was very surprised by the governor’s actions.

The question now is, what kind of diseases will receive authorization for medical marijuana, and whether it be imported or can people obtain licenses to grow on the island.

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