Medical Marijuana Now Legal In Puerto Rico

In what is a major change for thousands of patients in Puerto Rico, Governor, Hon Alejandro J. García Padilla, today signed Executive Order 2015-10 which directs the Secretary of the Department Health, Dra. Ana Rius, to authorize the medical use of some or all controlled substances or components derived from the cannabis plant. Executive Order notes that several studies in the United States demonstrate the therapeutic value of cannabis and its derivatives. This in treating a range of diseases that affect the Puerto Rican population.

"These studies support the use of the plant to relieve pain caused by multiple sclerosis, AIDS virus, glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, migraine, Parkinson's and other diseases that often do not respond to traditional treatments," said the governor.

Currently some states have already allowed the medicinal use of cannabis, and these Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington as well as the District of Columbia.

Before signing this Executive Order, the Controlled Substances Act of Puerto Rico did not allow the medicinal use of cannabis in the island. The governor's order gives authority to the Secretary of Health to intervene extensively in the field of controlled substances, allowing you pass by rule or order a controlled substance drug classifications.

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"This administration is committed to ensuring the health of all citizens residing in our country. Hence the medicinal use are adopting an innovative measure to ensure the welfare and a better quality of life for these patients," emphasized García Padilla.

At the same time he noted that the state law a distinction between medical and non-medical uses of the plant will be established.

Executive Order repeals or revokes any other executive order that is inconsistent with it. The same shall take effect immediately.

"We are taking a significant step forward in the area of health is crucial to our development and quality of life. I'm sure many patients receive proper treatment that will give them new hope and high expectations of life for these" concluded the chief executive.

According to panampost.com, Puerto Rico has been in a difficult recession over the past eight years with a crippling $73 Billion in public debt. Tax revenue from legalization is expected to help with the economic crisis as Governor Padilla stated he would, "do anything within reach to try to fix Puerto Rico's financial quagmire".

See the official press release from Governor Padilla for more info