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Puerto Rico’s New Medical Marijuana Laws

Puerto Rico has legalized medical marijuana--again! On July 9th, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Nevares signed off on a comprehensive medical marijuana bill that will open the way for many more medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in this small U.S. territory. The previous governor had signed a similar law that allowed for a few marijuana dispensaries in Puerto Rico to open on a sort of test basis. The new law sets up a complete system for how new stores can open, and how tax revenues will be spent.

It’s those tax revenues that Puerto Rico is banking on. With seventy-four billion dollars of debt, taxes from the medical marijuana industry offer a glimmer of hope for the impoverished island. With states like Colorado raking in well over a billion dollars a year in marijuana tax revenues, Puerto Rico’s hope is not too far-fetched. The new industry is expected to create nearly 50,000 new jobs, and with 12.3% of Puerto Rico’s residents currently unemployed, those new jobs could help a lot. Money generated from the medical marijuana industry will also be used to improve local hospitals and schools, with 10% of tax revenues going to a trauma hospital, and 50% of the money collected from fines going to the University of Puerto Rico.

Cannabis business owners and entrepreneurs are expected to take interest in Puerto Rico, not only to take advantage of a new market, but to also take advantage of the territory’s tax laws. In the U.S., marijuana businesses are not allowed to claim any expenses on their taxes, whether it’s office supplies, rent, insurance, or whatever other legitimate business expenses there might be. In Puerto Rico, however, no such regulation exists, so marijuana businesses will be able to deduct expenses from their taxes just like any other business. It might seem like a drop in the bucket, but all those extra taxes add up to big bucks.

So who exactly can buy weed in Puerto Rico now? Medical marijuana use is approved for many illnesses and ailments including anxiety, arthritis, cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, anorexia, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, severe pain, nausea, and many other conditions. Recreational marijuana is still illegal there, unfortunately, so don’t start packing your bags just yet.

Aren’t you glad you live in Colorado? While Puerto Rico is just getting its feet wet with medical marijuana, we’re all sitting back browsing through both medical and recreational marijuana coupons from Cannasaver to save money on our weed! Some folks just have it lucky, I suppose!

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Weed Deals in Puerto Rico for Tourists

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 19 January 2017 in Canna Blog

Puerto Rico Dispensaries Guide for Travelers

If you're traveling to Puerto Rico or you’re a resident, you may be wondering where you can go to buy marijuana and if theres any dispensary deals in San Juan yet, well we are working on it! The first medical marijuana dispensaries in Puerto Rico opened their doors in early January 2017, and even travelers can now legally buy marijuana products. Here is a list of marijuana dispensaries in Puerto Rico that are already open or coming soon, as well as some information about the laws and regulations on buying and consuming marijuana in this U.S. territory often visited by travelers.

Marijuana Dispensaries in Puerto Rico

There are weed dispensaries scattered throughout Puerto Rico and more are expected to open over the coming months. You can find dispensaries in San Juan and other popular destinations for travelers in Puerto Rico.

Clinica Verde is a  marijuana dispensary in San Juan. The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan is the island’s biggest city and one of the most popular vacation destinations. They also have a dispensary in Caguas.

The Family Dispensary is a marijuana store in Bayamon. Located in the north coast valley area, Bayamon is home to one of three pedestrian-only suspension bridges in Puerto Rico. It's nicknamed the pork rind city, almost as if they knew those munchies were inevitable!

NextGen Pharma is a dispensary in Toa Baja. Toa Baja is also on the north coast, only a 15 minute drive from San Juan.

The Health Clinic is a dispensary in Barceloneta. The Manati Barceloneta river runs throughout the town.

Caribbean Green is a marijuana dispensary with plans to open in Guaynabo, which is a short drive south of San Juan. Check their website for updates.

Marijuana laws in Puerto Rico

Medical marijuana is now legal in Puerto Rico but recreational marijuana is still prohibited. The executive order to allow the medical use of marijuana in Puerto Rico was issued by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in 2015, but only recently have the first dispensaries opened shop. You may be surprised to find out that smoking marijuana, even medical marijuana, also remains illegal. Only marijuana products such as extracts, patches, pills, and other formulations that can be inhaled, ingested, or used topically are allowed.

If you're traveling to Puerto Rico you can shop at the marijuana dispensaries as long as you have a valid medical marijuana card from your home state. Residents just have to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from a physician licensed to prescribe it by the Puerto Rico health department. At least 40 doctors have applied to issue medical marijuana prescriptions in Puerto Rico, and more than 2,000 people have already signed up and been approved for a Puerto Rico medical marijuana card.

Even though you're not allowed to smoke it, medical marijuana being legal in Puerto Rico is bound to ease the pains and brighten the spirits of countless residents and travelers.

 

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