RECOMMENDING CANNABIS IN PUERTO RICO
Only physicians duly certified with the Puerto Rico Department of Health can recommend medical cannabis. To be certified the following is required:
- Be licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Be licensed to prescribe controlled Class II drugs in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Have completed a certified training course by the Department of Health on Medical Cannabis for at least eight (8) contact hours
- Certified check, manager’s check or money order in the name of the Secretary of the Treasury in the amount of $ 1,500.00.
There must be a bona fide doctor-patient relationship between the doctor who issues the recommendation and the patient. Patients under the age of 21 are required to have recommendations from two physicians.
- Any chronic condition or symptom
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chemotherapy Side-Effects
- Chronic Pain
- Coeliac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Radiation Therapy Side-Effects
- Severe Nausea
Medical professionals have a legal right to recommend cannabis as a treatment in any state, as protected by the First Amendment. Established by a 2004 United States Supreme Court decision to uphold earlier federal court rulings that found doctors and their patients have a fundamental Constitutional right to freely discuss treatment options.
More resources for medical professionals can be found here.
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