Just one month after Puerto Rico released a draft of regulations to implement the territory’s medical marijuana program, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla called for the full legalization of cannabis.
Those expecting to hear about the financial state of the U.S. territory were surprised when Governor Padilla encouraged the commonwealth to take another look at a bill from 2013 that aimed to legalize cannabis. The bill was debated, but never received a final vote.
In his address to the territory, Governor Padilla explained that he believes legalization would lower crime rates and “target hypocrisy.” Puerto Rico is nearly $70 billion in debt, and taxes collected from a legal retail system could potentially be allocated to reduce it.
In May 2015, Governor Padilla signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana in the island territory, and the Health Department has now established regulations for cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales. The system is expected to be enacted by the end of this year.
A seed-to-sale tracking system, similar to that of Colorado, will be implemented, and applications will be accepted for cultivation and manufacturing licenses. Medical marijuana will be available in the form of capsules, topicals, liquid concentrates like tinctures and patches.
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