Jul 20, 2017 12:30 PM

Puerto Rico Adopts New Medical Marijuana Law

Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico, has signed a newmedicinal marijuana statute into law. In his opinion, the previous measure enacted by the former administration was not thorough enough.

According to Weedmaps, 20 medical cannabis dispensaries are currently operating in Puerto Rico. Medical marijuana businesses began to operate in January, after the island’s department of health had announced the industry rules.

Rossello believes that the new law will provide additional patient safety. Moreover, it is also likely to cause significant economic growth, create new jobs, as well as promote the research and development of medicinal marijuana. Additionally, Puerto Rico can collect up to $50 million a month in cannabis-related taxes and fines, according to the Daily Mail.

The new regulation still prohibits smoking weed. However, vaping is allowed. Dispensaries will now be able to legally serve patients who hold medical cannabis cards from their home states.

Now that the medical marijuana industry of Puerto Rico has full governmental support, it could become a tourism mecca in the Caribbean for thousands of pot enthusiasts.

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