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Medical Marijuana in Puerto Rico: The New Law and What It Means for Patients

The following is a guide to understanding the laws and procedures for medical marijuana in Puerto Rico, so you may obtain your card and keep it.

The 2015 announcement by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla that medical marijuana would soon be legal on the island of Puerto Rico brought great joy to medical patients. But it took nearly two years of organizing and legislating before cannabis-based medicines were finally made available for sale, which happened on January 1st, 2017.

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Why I Did a Complete 180 About Medical Marijuana

When I was 18 years old, I slipped while taking a shower in my apartment in New York City. My lower back and tailbone came crashing down onto the back of the tub. Afterward I had some bruising and pain. I took ibuprofen twice or three times over a 24-hour period and eventually the pain subsided. I was fine … or so I thought.

Gradually the pain returned and turned into a lot of pain. About a month after the fall I went to the doctor. I was sent to a back specialist who ordered a CT Scan and an MRI. He told me the fall had fractured my spine. I was sent home with two prescriptions and a referral: one prescription was for pain and inflammation and the other a muscle relaxant. The referral was for physical therapy.

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Puerto Rico Ideally Suited to Medical Marijuana Industry

Despite stricter regulations on access to the most medically potent part of the marijuana plant, the flower, Puerto Rico is poised to become a leader in exploration of the use of cannabis for medical purposes, thanks to a terroir and pharmaceutical infrastructure that is ideally suited to growing and processing the medicinal herb.

According to Encanna CEO James Marshall, who helms the only company with grow, manufacturing and dispensary licenses in Puerto Rico, the island territory has long been a great steward of its land—made up of lush vegetation and rich soil—it is ideally suited for the growth of cannabis with benefits that rival traditional pharmaceuticals. Additionally

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Law 340: Puerto Rican Government Approves New Statute to Clarify the Legal Status of Medical Marijuana

You may have heard some buzz around Law 340. It’s a very long document. Here is a summary.
In May 2015, then Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla issued an Executive Order legalizing medicinal marijuana in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In early 2016, the Puerto Rican Health Department adopted Regulation 155, which recognized the change in policy and gave bureaucratic sanction to the legal cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical-grade cannabis products on the island.
Despite the earnest efforts of the Puerto Rican government to make medicinal marijuana available as quickly as possible, the original Executive Order was lacking in specifics, and the Health Department edict needed further technical and administrative support.

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Cannabis strains…how to pick the right one for your treatment

The names are exotic and not particularly revealing: Sour Diesel, Granddaddy Purple, Bubba Kush, Blueberry Kush, Jack Herer, Durban Poison.…
These are just some of the dozens of cannabis strains might find available for sale during a trip to a dispensary, and when you see this long menu of choices you can hardly be blamed for feeling lost. You want to find a strain that is perfect for your medical condition, but that’s obviously impossible if you don’t know the therapeutic qualities of the choices you’re given.
Fortunately, the situation is not as complex as it seems at first glance. All the names can be narrowed down to three separate categories, based on plant type: indica, sativa and hybrid. Once you know a bit more about these plant categories, and their common characteristics, you’ll have a much easier time selecting a strain that’s likely to work for you. Also, a good budtender should be able to steer you toward the right strain for your needs.

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Should you vape or smoke cannabis? Here’s the answer.

The legalization of medical marijuana in Puerto Rico has rapidly produced more and more options to access cannabis and ways to consume it. The most known is smoking. While smoking weed is the old school, go-to method for many people, it may not be a viable option for you given the local medical marijuana laws. Right now, Puerto Rico regulations do not allow patients to smoke cannabis. But not to worry, vaping cannabis may actually be a better option and could hold many advantages for your medical marijuana needs.

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What Can I Buy at Puerto Rican Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

With the opening of Puerto Rican medical marijuana dispensaries earlier this year – the U.S. territory followed Jamaica to become the second Caribbean island to make medical marijuana legal – you might be wondering what items are available for the growing amount of patients who have registered for medical marijuana cards.

There are a wide variety of options to suit almost everyone hoping to alleviate medical problems with the therapeutic herb.

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What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use in PR?

In May of 2015, Puerto Rico legalized medical marijuana use to treat a wide range of potentially debilitating conditions, and as of December of 2016, an estimated 1,953 patients were registered for cards giving them the legal right to make purchases as state-licensed dispensaries.

“We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is crucial to our development and high expectations for their quality of life. I am sure that many patients with receive appropriate treatment….

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