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Doctors may Prescribe Medical Marijuana Beginning Jan. 28.

By on January 22, 2016

SAN JUAN – Health Department regulations that will allow a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with certain illnesses will go into effect Jan. 28.

The new regulations will allow doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana for a period of 30 days, but patients cannot possess more than 10 ounces of the drug.

The regulations for growing and selling marijuana have yet to be drafted, but Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said he hopes they will be ready by the end of the year. Therefore, it is not clear yet who will supply patients with the herb.

The Agriculture Department already plans to grow marijuana and hemp at a farm in Dorado. In addition, the Economic Development and Commerce Department is launching a program that seeks to connect entrepreneurs with medical marijuana investors.

García Padilla made the remarks Thursday during the inauguration of the construction of Laboratory Road and an environmental laboratory at the site where the Science City will be located.

To be able to have access to medical marijuana, a patient must have an identification card for its use and a doctor’s written recommendation. The list of illnesses that qualify for marijuana prescription include cancer, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s Disease.

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