Are patients permitted to cultivate medical marijuana?
Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana program does not permit home cultivation.
How much medical marijuana is a registered patient permitted to possess?
Patients may obtain a maximum daily supply of no more than 1.5 ounces of cannabis medicine.
What conditions are covered by Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana program?
Patients diagnosed with the following medical conditions are eligible to register with the medical marijuana program:
- Degenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi or Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Anxiety disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Hepatitis C
- Conditions causing cachexia, chronic pain, severe nausea or persistent muscle spasms
How much medical marijuana should a patient take?
Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite or sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect.
How will my privacy be protected?
Patient records will be maintained by your doctor and the Department of Health. Strict rules protect the privacy of these records, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Your identity and patient status in the medical marijuana program may never be disclosed to anyone without your prior authorization. We take patient privacy very seriously are will gladly answer any questions or concerns you have about this important issue.
What are the age requirements for medical marijuana in Puerto Rico?
Patients 21 or older who have a qualifying medical condition are eligible to register with the program. Patients under 21 must receive medical marijuana recommendations from 2 licensed physicians and have the assistance of a parent or legal companion, who must register with the program along with the patient.
Will out-of-state medical marijuana cards be accepted in Puerto Rico?
Yes. Puerto Rico plans to allow out-of-state patients to make purchases. The patient’s card must be up-to-date and will be verified with the state program that issued the card. The patient must also have a qualifying medical conditions that is covered by Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana law.
How do I get a Puerto Rico medical marijuana card?
If you live in Puerto Rico and have a qualifying medical condition, you will need to obtain a physician recommendation and submit an application to the Department of Health. The application materials will be linked here once they become available.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their state-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, visitors are greeted by a friendly staff who are happy to answer questions about the medicine and to help the patient make decisions based on their individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.
What medical marijuana products will be available in Puerto Rico?
Medical marijuana will be permitted in the form of pills, tinctures, oral inhalers, topical ointments and creams, vaporized flowers or concentrates, suppositories, and infused edibles. Smoked cannabis products will not be permitted.
What does the science say about medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth. Columbia Care Puerto Rico is committed to providing our patients with up to date research and important developments.
Where does the medical marijuana come from?
All medical marijuana will be produced in Puerto Rico at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by the Department of Health and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.