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.

Eligible Conditions:

  • Any chronic condition or symptom
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy Side-Effects
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBS)
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Radiation Therapy Side-Effects
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures

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.