Good news just came for herbal enthusiasts in warmer U.S. territories or for those looking for a high on life vacation.
It’s now legal to light up in Puerto Rico. According to the Associated Press, Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order yesterday (May 3) that will authorize the use of medical marijuana, effective immediately. In three months, Puerto Rico’s health secretary must issue a report giving specifics on how the executive order will be implemented, its impact and further steps.
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“We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,” Garcia said in a statement. “I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope.”
Jaime Perello, president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, supports the legalization of the medical drug, which is often used to treat migraines, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and other illnesses.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” he said. “One of the benefits that patients say they receive the most is pain relief.”
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