Puerto Rico relaxes prosecution of some pot possession cases

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Puerto Rico is relaxing prosecution against first-time offenders found with marijuana for personal use in the U.S. territory.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order on Monday stating that those found with six grams or less of marijuana could face only a fine, community service or rehabilitation. He said the island's justice secretary will make that decision on a case-by-case basis.

Garcia noted that the Department of Corrections spent nearly $2.3 million in December on those accused of marijuana possession, adding that public funds would be better spent elsewhere fighting violence and other more severe drug offenses.

The announcement comes as Puerto Rico faces a liquidity crunch amid a nearly decade-long economic slump.

In May, Garcia issued an executive order directing the island's health secretary to authorize the use of some controlled substances or derivatives of the cannabis plant for medical use.

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