Is CBD Legal In Puerto Rico?

by in US Law September 26, 2019

Marijuana And CBD In Puerto Rico

In 2017, marijuana was legalized for medical use in Puerto Rico. Initially signed into law by Governor Alejandro Padilla in a 2015 executive order and then and then voted into law under Governor Ricardo Rosselló in 2017. Since then, the marijuana business in Puerto Rico has taken off. 

Over 72,000 people have signed up as patients for medical marijuana, and it is estimated that this number will grow to 100,000 before 2020. So far, the industry has grown by about $12 million, but the government is projecting this to grow to $100 million and create 20,000 jobs by 2020. Approximately 1,500 new patients are signing up weekly, and there’s no end in sight.

What About CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol and THC or tetrahydrocannabinol are both found in cannabis, the plant cultivated for marijuana. In most states in the United States, THC is illegal. In 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill which made hemp legal, but only if it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. 

In states where THC is illegal but CBD is legal, CBD production and distribution have skyrocketed. People are using CBD for its reported health benefits in lieu of using marijuana. But in Puerto Rico where medical marijuana is legal, CBD seems to be taking a backseat to marijuana. Production of CBD does exist, but it’s being used in conjunction with THC to produce innovative products.

What Kinds Of Products Are Available?

In Puerto Rico, a lot of people are jumping on the medical marijuana bandwagon, including celebrities and musicians such as Julian Marley. Many people are making chocolates, gummies, oils, and other products that are familiar, while some are creating unique products than can only be found in Puerto Rico. In the upcoming years, the growth of the medical marijuana industry in Puerto Rico is sure to see even more inventive products.

Aren’t CBD And Marijuana Illegal In Puerto Rico?

Medical marijuana is legal. Both THC and CBD are derivatives of the cannabis plant, though CBD usually doesn’t contain much THC. Consumers have to be approved by their physicians to get THC. This also applies to CBD. This means that the nonmedical use of THC is illegal, and this is likely to be true of CBD as well. 

After the Farm Bill passed legalizing hemp, hemp was also legalized in Puerto Rico. Since CBD is an extract of hemp, it is possible that CBD is now legal in Puerto Rico, but it is taking a backseat to the medical marijuana boom. As of now, it seems cannabis and hemp are both regulated similarly by the Puerto Rican government.

How To Qualify For Medical Marijuana Or CBD?

In Puerto Rico, in order to qualify for the medical use of marijuana or CBD, you have to be diagnosed with illnesses including but not limited to anorexia, depression, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, autism, and bipolar disorder. Again, there are other illnesses, but I wanted to list a few to give you an idea of what can qualify you for a prescription. 

As the medical marijuana boom keeps expanding in Puerto Rico, the list of treatable illnesses may expand as well.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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