How to Get a Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Card in 2022

Table of contents

  1. Getting a Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply for a Medical Card in Puerto Rico?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Puerto Rico?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Puerto Rico?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Puerto Rico?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Puerto Rico?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Puerto Rico Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Puerto Rico
  15. Current Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Laws
  16. Useful Links

Are you ready to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Puerto Rico? Leafwell can help you learn the process and get ready to see a physician and get certified for medical cannabis in PR. Keep reading to find out more. Leafwell is open in PR so you can see a physician online today.

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Getting a Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Card Online

Puerto Rico has an established medical cannabis industry. Dispensaries have been open since 2017 so cardholders have great access to lots of different cannabis products. Plus, you can use a telemedicine platform like Leafwell to get your card online, without having to leave the house to visit a physician.

Leafwell allows you to quickly and securely get a Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions about the process. From beginning to end, we help individuals living in Puerto Rico understand the importance of applying for their Puerto Rico MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.

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Who Can Apply for a Medical Card in Puerto Rico?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Puerto Rico, you must be a legal resident of Puerto Rico. However, out-of-state medical cards are accepted so if you’re traveling to Puerto Rico and are already a medical patient in another state, you can purchase with your existing, valid medical card. You do not need to get an additional card in PR.

Patients must be aged 21 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card themselves. Minors (those aged under 21, which is the age of majority in PR) can have caregivers apply on their behalf. Those aged under 21 can apply for themselves if they are legally emancipated.

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What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Puerto Rico?

As an MMJ cardholder in Puerto Rico, you can purchase up to 1 oz or 28 grams every day.

Smoking cannabis is illegal but these other product types are available:

  • Capsules or tablets
  • Concentrates
  • Edibles
  • Oils
  • Oral drops
  • Oral inhalers
  • Suppositories
  • Topical ointments and creams
  • Transdermal patches
  • Vaping
  • Recreational cannabis is illegal

How do I Apply?

With Leafwell, you can get your Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

  1. Register online with Leafwell
    1. You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Puerto Rico medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $99. You are only billed if approved.
  2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card
    1. The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.
  3. Complete the Application on the government website
    1. After your approval, your healthcare provider will submit your details to the government program. Then you’ll be able to connect this certificate to your account and submit your $25 fee 
  4. Receive your medical marijuana card
    1. If approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card within 30 days. While you wait, you can use your receipt as a temporary card for 30 days. Your certificate will be valid for one year from the date of issue. 

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What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Puerto Rico registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, and submit it to the Puerto Rico official website.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained, the certification will last for one year.

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How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Puerto Rico?

The initial consultation with one of the Puerto Rico registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee of $99. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $25 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee that must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for one year. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Puerto Rico because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Puerto Rico?

According to Puerto Rico law in 2022, these are the qualifying conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer and Cancer Chemotherapy Treatment
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
  • Severe nausea
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Terminal Illness

This list is up to date as of March 2022. We review it periodically to make sure the information is accurate.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Puerto Rico, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • Real ID
  • DTOP ID
  • Passport

Note that out-of-state ID is not acceptable.

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

No, but if you have them, we invite you to upload them. It is voluntary, however, and the physician can make an assessment based on your telemedicine consultation.

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How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 21, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf. A person under the age of 21 can apply for themselves if they are legally emancipated.

Puerto Rico doesn’t call them caregivers but Authorized Companions — the role remains the same, however.

Caregivers/Authorized Companions must be 21 years old, submit their ID and provide a Certification of Criminal Record as part of their application.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Puerto Rico?

No, cultivation is illegal in Puerto Rico.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Puerto Rico Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Yes, Puerto Rico accepts any valid medical card from states with functioning medical programs. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico and are worried about not being able to take your medical products with you, there’s no need to be concerned. Simply touch down in San Juan and you’ll be able to buy what you need just by showing your card.

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Puerto Rico

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Puerto Rico:

  • 2015 — Puerto Rico legalized medical cannabis.
  • 2017 — Act 42 relaxed the rules and Puerto Rico became one of the most open and accepting places for medical cannabis in the world.

Current Puerto Rico Medical Marijuana Laws

Only consume cannabis in your own home. Consumption of cannabis in a vehicle (including boats), workplace, school grounds, or in any other public place is illegal.

It is also illegal to consume cannabis in the presence of anyone under 21 (unless that person is the patient).

On an island just over 100 miles long, there are 87 dispensaries open so finding a place to buy your medical marijuana is easy. There are also 13 delivery services on the island so if you are unable to easily travel, services are available to bring your medical cannabis product to you.

Recreational cannabis is illegal in Puerto Rico.

Medical cardholders pay 11.5% tax which is relatively high but the quality of the products available makes it worthwhile.

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