If you’re looking to access medical cannabis in Puerto Rico, you may have a lot of questions about the process. In order to purchase cannabis, you must first get a medical marijuana card. Before you spend time contacting someone who can help you do so, take a look at this list of some of the most frequently asked questions.
Do I have to see a doctor in person?
There are Telehealth and telemedicine options available, so an in-person meeting is not necessarily required. Talk with your doctor’s office for more information. You must go in person to the Medicinal Cannabis Regulatory board, however.
Is there an age requirement to get a medical marijuana card?
Yes, you must be 18 years or older to get the card. Caregivers of children under 18 may access medical cannabis in Puerto Rico for their children as long as both parents or guardians are in agreement, and these caregivers must also be 18 years or older.
How long will it take to receive my medical marijuana card?
It generally takes up to 30 days to receive the card, but sometimes it can take longer.
How much does it cost to get a medical marijuana card?
The application process costs between $100-$150 dollars.
Is there a possession limit?
Yes. Medical marijuana patients may receive a 30-day supply, as determined by their physician. The amount for a 30-day supply will vary from patient to patient. Only non-smokeable cannabis is allowed.
Which conditions qualify me to receive a medical marijuana card?
There are certain conditions that allow patients to access medical cannabis in Puerto Rico:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cancer or other conditions that cause severe nausea
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV/AIDS or other conditions that cause cachexia
- Multiple Sclerosis or other conditions that cause severe spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal cord injury or other conditions that cause severe pain
What are the rules and regulations once I’ve received my card?
- Smoking cannabis is not allowed. Patients may vaporize, however. They may also use marijuana in the form of pills, tinctures, topicals, suppositories, patches, and edibles.
- Cannabis must only be consumed in private residences.
- You must carry your medical marijuana card with you at all times. If someone is caught using or carrying cannabis without a current medical marijuana card, they can be prosecuted for possession. It doesn’t matter if it’s hash, concentrates, or the actual buds, it’s still considered a felony. First-time possession offenders can get up to two to five years in prison. For repeat offenders, this goes up to four to 10 years in prison. Both are also subject to a $5,000 fine, and possession of paraphernalia carries the same penalty.
- Private cultivation of marijuana is still illegal, even if you have a medical marijuana card.