Puerto Rico

Tue
08
Sep

Green light for growing marijuana in Puerto Rico

The Government is preparing to begin under strict security structure

The cultivation of cannabis plants in Puerto Rico for medical and research uses is scheduled to begin in early 2016, through a process regulated by the departments of Health and Agriculture, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), and federal laws and local laws.

Planting plants "cannabis sativa" and "cannabis indica" both on land and in hydroponic systems, the initial wheel will move the new public policy on marijuana in Puerto Rico.

The crop would be the responsibility of self government of the island and / or duly authorized private farmers. In regard to government level, they have not yet selected the land where the crops would be developed, the USDA said.

Thu
06
Aug

Legalized Pot Could Help Solve The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

The Puerto Rican economy is in trouble, going through a recession and dealing with about $70 billion in total outstanding debt. The commonwealth paid only $628,000toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is desperately trying to come up with a restructuring plan to eliminate the debt.

Just how bad is it? People are leaving the island in search of a better life elsewhere. In fact, unemployment in Puerto Rico is more than double the rate in the mainland United States. Three thousand doctors have moved out in the last five years, as have many other professionals headed to the U.S. to earn a better living.

Sun
19
Jul

Bob Marley’s son hails Jamaica pot ruling in new song

San Juan, July 18: Julian Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has released a new song celebrating the decriminalisation of marijuana in Jamaica as a liberating experience. The song “Lemme go” focuses on how the amendment to the 1948 Dangerous Drugs Act benefits Rastafarians, who consider smoking marijuana a sacrament.

Julian uses the song to praise marijuana as a “stress reliever, natural healer”. ”Lemme go” was produced by another Marley offspring, Damian, and is expected to be on Julian’s next album to be released in 2016.

Thu
16
Jul

How we could harness medical marijuana for pain relief without the side effects

Experts and society are divided on the benefits and subsequent legalisation of medical marijuana.

In North America alone there is deep division with half the statesand Canada legalising medical marijuana while the other half refuses. In the UK it is not legal to use medical marijuana, but ironically the UK is home to the most successful cannabis extract company in GW Pharmaceuticals, who have a product on the market that includes a mixture of cannabis extracts.  The success of the company and for the patients it treats strongly suggests the issue might need to be revisited, and at least more research performed on exploiting the possibilities.

Thu
09
Jul

Marijuana Use Prevalent Among Criminals in 7 Caribbean Countries

SAN JUAN – Marijuana is the most-used drug among convicted and accused criminals in seven Caribbean countries, according to a new study from Jamaica’s National Council on Drug Abuse.

“The highest proportion was reported in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the lowest proportion was in St. Kitts and Nevis, while Jamaica reported approximately 75 percent of inmates used marijuana,” NCDA Research Analyst Uki Atkinson said in a statement.

Conducted in 2014, the NCDA survey sought to explore the relationship between drugs and crime in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Tue
09
Jun

Current status of marijuana in Latin America

Recently, Latin America has surprised us with the giant steps taken towards the legalization of cannabis. Jose Mujica opened Pandora's Box and in a time when that regulation was in no man's land, Uruguayan citizens were quick to react and show support for their former president. Thus, and as if it were a domino effect, the voice spread like wildfire. As a result, today, the vast majority of countries in Latin America, are in favor of a real decriminalization of marijuana regulation. This article will discuss the recent news coming from Puerto Rico, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador.

Medicinal users rebel against the Government of Puerto Rico

Wed
03
Jun

Cannabis Spray Treatment Helps 9-Year-Old with Autism Learn to Speak

A controversial cannabis treatment helps boy break his nine-year silence. Could it benefit others, too?

The Short of It

Kalel Santiago, who lives in Puerto Rico, was diagnosed with cancer at 10 months old, and after he was cancer-free at 3 years old, he was diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism. At age 9, he hadn't spoken his first word—until his parents tried a controversial treatment: Hemp Health, a hemp oil that includes a form of cannabis. Two days later, he was speaking.

The Lowdown

Kalel's parents sprayed the compound cannabidiol (CBD) in the boy's mouth twice per day, and they say the results were astounding.

Wed
03
Jun

Controversial Cannabis Treatment Helps 9-Year-Old Boy Speak His First Words

Though Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico is only 9 years old, he’s already endured some adult-level struggles. At just 10 months, he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, and spent more than two years undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Then came the next diagnosis: severe, non-verbal autism.

“While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behavior that wasn’t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes,” his father, Abiel Gomez Santiago, tells Yahoo Parenting from the family’s home in Aguada. “But we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”

Mon
04
May

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

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

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