Policy Recommendations Puerto Rico

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Puerto Rico

(based on ASA's 2020 State of the States Report)

2019 saw Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture regulators working to develop a package of reforms to organize a hemp production program in a manner consistent with requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill. Temporary licenses were issued to hemp producers for 10-acre grows in the fall of 2019 as well as part of the territory's initiation of its hemp production plan.

As Puerto Rico looks to 2021 ASA encourages state lawmakers and regulators to reduce medical program enrollment costs, and authorize patients to cultivate cannabis at home to reduce cost burdens. ASA also recommends that elected leaders and regulators organize legal protections for patients related to employment, housing, education and family law, and permit patient access to medical cannabis flower. Finally ASA asks that regulators work to improve the number of medical cannabis literate physicians and health professionals permitted to recommend cannabis as a treatment option.