Everything You Need to Know about Medical Marijuana: Puerto Rico

January 13, 2021   |   By Mieko Hester-Perez

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Medical Marijuana: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico legalized Medical Marijuana in early 2015, and medical dispensaries started to open their doors to the public in January 2017.

What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Puerto Rico?

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • PTSD
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Migraine
  • Spinal cord injury

Puerto Rico guidelines that you should know about:

  1. Personal cultivation is prohibited
  2. Medical marijuana is only for use privately in your home.
  3. Recreational use is still illegal, possession of marijuana without an MMJ card of any amount could result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a $5,000 fine. Illegal distribution carries a penalty of up to $20,000 and 20 years in prison.

Let us chat with Puerto Rico Se Medica, an Instagram group focused on empowering medical patients through their reviews on cannabis concentrates or commonly known as wax, shatter, or honey oil.

Give us some background on Puerto Rico Se Medica? Who are you? And why did you start your IG?

Well, to start Puerto Rico Se Medica established in the early days of the approval of medical cannabis in the island. Its main idea was to review dispensaries; customer service, educate misinformed about cannabis, strains, edibles, and concentrates. We believe our input is assisting companies with buyer trends, patient feedback and educating the new medial customers on reliable resources such as CannaWorks.

In the next 5 years, where do you see Puerto Rico Se Medica making an impact within the cannabis industry in Puerto Rico ? And why?

In the next 5 years, we see Puerto Rico Se Medica continuing to provide patient driven input. Our reviews of concentrates, buds and edibles are for the medical patients in need like our mothers, fathers and family members who desperately need relief. Puerto Rico’s medical card program empowers us to make informed decisions for our family’s health with lab tested products, available educational resources and medical professionals that support our choice for this treatment option.

We are committed to a program, that is committed to the people of our island to thrive economically and provide future generations a reason to invest in our health, agriculture and business sectors in Puerto Rico.

As medical advocates for patients on the island, what are your top 5 strains you recommend?

Our group of medical patients, were able to provide Hopegrown.org with our top 5 strains as follows:

  1. Gorilla Glue
  2. Purple Punch
  3. Double Tangie Banana
  4. Birthday Cake
  5. Pennywise.

Contact Information

Instagram | @PuertoricoSeMedcia

For information on obtaining a MMJ card from approved doctor, Dr. Jamie Claudio is a family medicine doctor in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has been in practice for more than 20 years | 496 Cll Sirio, San Juan, 00920, Puerto Rico

787-792-9026 | www.jaimeclaudiovillamilmd.com

LeafWell Medical Cards | leafwell.com

Puerto Rico MedCann.Biz is an interdisciplinary forum that gathers members, stakeholders, key policy players and patients of the medical cannabis industry in... | en.prmedcannbiz.com | Instagram @Puerto Rico MedCannBiz

For more information:

Health Department Office of Controlled Substances
and Medicinal Cannabis
PO Box 70184
San Juan, PR 00936-8184

Cannabis Medicinal | Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico
Tel: 787-765-2929 ext. 3504, 3505, 6803 and 6809
Email: cannabismedicinal@salud.pr.gov

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About Mieko Hester-Perez

Mieko Hester-Perez, International Autism & Cannabis Healthcare Advocate


In 2009, Mieko Hester-Perez decided to go public with her son's success with medical cannabis and since that day in 2009, she has become a source of inspiration and information for families looking to explore unconventional and holistic treatment options within the autism spectrum.


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