Although hemp has been legal since last year at a federal level, each American state is free to create its own laws and regulations. So, is CBD legal in Puerto Rico? Keep reading to find out!
In 2017, cannabis became legal for medical use in Puerto Rico. Governor Alejandro Padilla initially signed it into law in 2015 upon receiving an executive order. Afterwards it was voted into law under Governor Ricardo Rosselló in 2017. Since then, the cannabis business in Puerto Rico has taken off.
Over 72,000 people have signed up as patients for medical cannabis. Furthermore, it seems that this number will grow to roughly 100,000 before 2020. So far, the industry has grown by about $12 million, but the government is projecting this to grow to $100 million and create 20,000 jobs by 2020. Approximately 1,500 new patients are signing up weekly, and there’s no end in sight.
What about CBD?
Cannabis contains both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In most American states, THC is illegal, as it induces psychoactive effects. President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill which made hemp legal, but only if it contains less than 0.3 percent THC.
In states where THC is illegal but CBD is legal, CBD production and distribution have skyrocketed. People are using CBD for its reported health benefits in lieu of using cannabis. But in Puerto Rico where medical cannabis is legal, CBD seems to be taking a backseat to cannabis. Production of CBD does exist, but it’s being used in conjunction with THC to produce innovative products.
In Puerto Rico, a lot of people are jumping on the medical cannabis bandwagon, including celebrities and musicians such as Julian Marley. Many people are making chocolates, gummies, oils, and other products that are familiar, while some are creating unique products than can only be found in Puerto Rico. In the upcoming years, the growth of the medical cannabis industry in Puerto Rico is sure to see even more inventive products.
Is CBD Legal in Puerto Rico?
Medical cannabis is legal. Both THC and CBD are derivatives of the cannabis plant, though CBD usually doesn’t contain much THC. Consumers need to receive approval from their physicians to get THC. This also applies to CBD. This means that the non-medical use of THC is illegal, and this is likely to be true of CBD as well. After the Farm Bill passed, hemp also became legal in Puerto Rico.
Since CBD is an extract of hemp, it is possible that CBD is now legal in Puerto Rico, but it is taking a backseat to the medical cannabis boom. As of now, it seems cannabis and hemp are both regulated similarly by the Puerto Rican government.
How to Qualify for Medical Cannabis or CBD?
In order to qualify for the medical use of cannabis or CBD, you have to be diagnosed with certain illnesses. These include, but are not limited to: anorexia, depression, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, autism, and bipolar disorder. This list can give you an idea of what can qualify you for a prescription.
As the medical cannabis boom keeps expanding in Puerto Rico, the list of treatable illnesses may expand as well.