Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Introduced
Would Legalize 28 Grams Daily for Adults 21 and Older
A legislative measure that seeks to decriminalize the recreational use of cannabis in Puerto Rico was introduced on Feb. 2 by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) majority Rep. Héctor Ferrer Santiago.
House Bill 1191 (HB 1191) seeks to legalize the use of up to 28 grams of marijuana daily within the regulatory framework of medical cannabis and also allow the controlled use of recreational cannabis—in vaporized or edible form—by people ages 21 and older. However, the cannabis flower will not be legal to smoke recreationally and would only be available for purchase at dispensaries authorized by Act 42 of 2017, the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits.
“For those who are going to say that people are now going to smoke at beaches, public parks or in the street, that is false, because the law prohibits it from being used in public places,” Ferrer assured when announcing the measure’s filing in a press conference held at the island’s Capitol.
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