Last Sunday, the governor of Puerto Rico took a major step for the US territory — and society as a whole — by signing an executive order to legalize medical marijuana use on the island.
Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898, when Spain ceded the territory to the feds after the Spanish-American War. And now, like about half of the contiguous states (plus Alaska and Hawaii), they’re on board with physician-approved sticky icky.
In a statement, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla spoke brightly of the changes that medical marijuana will bring to the territory. “We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,” he said. “I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope.”
Medical marijuana has had major economic implications for every US state that’s permitted it. Not only that, but it’s making a huge difference for patients with conditions ranging from chronic pain to PTSD and cancer.
We wish Puerto Rico well as they plan how to implement medical cannabis across the territory. Within three months, Puerto Rico’s health secretary will present an official report on how they’ll move forward.