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Feb 27, 2020 < 1 read

Cannabis laws in Puerto Rico

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by The Cannigma Staff

Medical: Yes
Recreational: Illegal
Reciprocity: Yes

Medical marijuana was legalized in Puerto Rico in 2015 and the island’s first dispensaries opened in 2017. Puerto Rico allows patients to possess and use marijuana in the form of flowers, creams, drops, pills, and tinctures, but smoking cannabis is not permitted.

The island does not allow cultivation for personal use. 

How to Get a Medical Card in Puerto Rico

To receive medical marijuana in Puerto Rico, an applicant must first visit an authorized doctor, who will be responsible for submitting their recommendation to the local government. The patient must then register an account online with the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory Board (MCRB).

The applicant must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.

Qualifying Conditions

In Puerto Rico, a patient can receive a recommendation for medical marijuana for the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s 
  • Anorexy 
  • Arthritis 
  • Autism 
  • Depression 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Hepatitis C 
  • Insomnia 
  • Migraine 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Anxiety Disorders 
  • Peripheral Neuropathies 
  • Parkinson 
  • PTSD 
  • AIDS 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Another condition that causes cachexia, chronic pain, severe nausea or persistent muscle spasms 
  • Degenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Multiple Sclerosis Incurable and advanced diseases that require palliative care Cancer and chemotherapy treatment for Cancer HIV-related disorders 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Reciprocity

Puerto Rico does not allow out-of-state medical marijuana recipients to use their license in the territory.

Taxes and Medical Marijuana in Puerto Rico

Medical marijuana is subject to an 11.5% sales tax in Puerto Rico.

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