Medical Cannabis Association Favors New Regulatory Bill
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rican Medicinal Cannabis Association (PRMCA) on Friday supported the bill introduced by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to regulate the cannabis industry. For the association, the so-called Medicinal Law (S.B. 340) will provide long-term security and confidence for patients and those who have decided to partake in the industry.
The bill states that public policy on the industry is for it to be highly regulated with several bodies approving the use of medical cannabis.
Ingrid Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the association, said in a written statement that the group favors establishing legislation that safeguards the well-being of patients and provides long-term stability while protecting the public interest and general safety with clear and specific limitations for the different operational lines related to the industry. The association also understands that the new legislation addresses the urgent need for patients with critical conditions and who are currently waiting to receive their license, and that it opens the door to further scientific research in Puerto Rico.
“Likewise, the association favors the restrictive language established by the measure, prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana, its consumption in cigarettes, public consumption, among other controls,” the spokeswoman said.
The Puerto Rican Medicinal Cannabis Association was recently created with the purpose of promoting the development, growth and regulation of medical cannabis in Puerto Rico and patients’ access to medical treatment. It is composed of various industry participants, including companies, scientists, healthcare professionals and patients in order to establish the collaboration needed to promote an industry focused on the well-being and health of patients.
Cannabis is legal in more than a dozen states and Washington, D.C., and it is estimated that by 2020 the economic impact of the industry stateside will reach $45 billion annually, the group said.