Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

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Congratulations Puerto Rico!

On Sunday, Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, signed an executive order to authorize medicinal marijuana, which was largely unexpected following a recent lengthy public debate.  Also, legal medical marijuana is not a new concept to Puerto Rico.  Back in 2013, legislators debated a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be legalized, but a final vote was never taken.

Garcia said, “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.”

He also said the Puerto Rican health secretary had three months to detail how the immediately effective order will be implemented.  The new order allows the health department to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for medical use.

President of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Jaime Perello, said of the order, “It’s a step in the right direction.  One of the benefits that patients say they receive most is pain relief.”

Many of Puerto Rico’s activists and potential MMJ patients were pleasantly surprised by the governor’s actions, but do have a few questions regarding growing and obtaining the medicine.  We at Stoned Girls promise to keep you updated on Puerto Rico’s progress in the legal cannabis community.

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