- Medical Program
30 oz flower
Get approved by a doctor, then apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary. You must be 21 or over to apply for a medical card as an adult.
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Medical marijuana is legal in Puerto Rico, and adult use is illegal for those without a medical card. You must be aged 21 or over to qualify for a medical marijuana card in the territory of P.R. People under 21 are eligible for an MMJ card if they have a caregiver and medical marijuana recommendations from two physicians.
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an Executive Order – Act No. 42 – permitting the use of medical cannabis.
The Medicinal Cannabis Act is expanded, adding greater legal and employment protections for medical cannabis users.
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Puerto Rico.
The Puerto Rico law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
Leafwell is open in Puerto Rico. To get certified, you’ll need to:
1. Register with Leafwell and receive your approval
2. Receive your approval and apply to the Puerto Rico medicinal cannabis program via the Medical Cannabis Licensing website
3. Download your card and start purchasing medical cannabis
You must be a resident of Puerto Rico to qualify for medical cannabis in the territory, and you must be 21 to qualify for medical cannabis as an adult. Those under 21 can qualify as minors (unless legally emancipated) and must have two physicians’ recommendations for medical marijuana.
Yes, telemedicine is legal in Puerto Rico, and you can get certified for cannabis online.
Registered patients in Puerto Rico are allowed a daily amount of 1 ounce (28 grams) of flower or 8 grams of THC in concentrate or edible form. They can possess up to 30 days’ worth at a time.
It is not legal to cultivate cannabis in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico recognizes medical marijuana cards from states and U.S. territories, meaning that the territory has medicinal marijuana reciprocity. However, only those aged 21 or over qualify for reciprocity. Those adult medical marijuana patients from another U.S. state or territory but under 21 do not necessarily benefit from reciprocity unless they are legally emancipated in their state of residence.
A Puerto Rico medical marijuana card is valid in some U.S. states and territories with medical marijuana reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is acceptable) — just that the state’s medical marijuana laws protect you to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and intend to purchase medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also accountable to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
Under Puerto Rico Law 15-2021, employers may not discriminate against registered and authorized patients of medical cannabis in the recruitment, hiring, designation, or termination process or when imposing disciplinary actions.
Medical cannabis in Puerto Rico must be tested for cannabinoid and terpene content, water content or moisture, microbes, including yeast, fungus, mold, Salmonella, and E. coli; foreign materials, including hair, insects, and feces; residual pesticides and solvents; and heavy metals.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy or another legally designated space to buy cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks, or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals, or other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private member clubs and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense, keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.