Marijuana Legalized In Puerto Rico For Medical Use; Will It End Prohibition?

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A demonstrator smokes a marijuana cigarette during a protest outside the Capitol building in San Juan April 20, 2015. People gathered outside the Capitol building as legislators are debating to decriminalize small amounts of medical marihuana and its cultivation, according to local media. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Medical marijuana will be legal in Puerto Rico. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order this week outlining the change and directed his health secretary to hash out the specifics of the plan within three months. That will include which diseases can be treated by the plant, which until now was prohibited for any use. In a statement, Gov. Padilla specifically mentioned migraines, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, most of which are are treatable conditions in the 23 U.S. states that currently allow medical marijuana use.

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