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Study Results in Favor of Cannabis Decriminalization

By on July 14, 2022

Over Half of Survey Respondents Support Recreational Use

The decriminalization of cannabis in Puerto Rico seems imminent given the push that this effort is having both in the private industry and in the public sector on the island.

Since the beginning of this year, atlarge Rep. Héctor Ferrer, of the majority Popular Democratic Party, has continued his efforts to discuss and pass House Bill 1191, which would create the regulatory framework for the use of cannabis on the island ahead of potential federal legislation that would decriminalize the plant.

On April 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and would remove marijuana, or cannabis, from the federal schedule of controlled substances and eliminate criminal penalties for individuals who manufacture, distribute or possess cannabis.

However, it is not yet clear whether the Senate has the votes to pass the legislation, nor whether President Joe Biden would enact it.

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