A surprising twist has developed on the already surprising news that Puerto Rico’s governor signed an order Sunday that ushered medical marijuana use into the U.S. territory: prescribed patients will be not be legally permitted to actually smoke marijuana, according to statement by Government officials made on Tuesday.
“Smoking marijuana is not being contemplated as part of a medical treatment,” Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda told The Associated Press.
There is no word yet on what forms will be permitted. Likely edibles and some forms of concentrates to be vaporized, as is the case in the eccentrically stringent New York state medical marijuana laws.
Within three months, Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Ana Ruis is expected to a submit a report detailing how, where, and to whom cannabis can be administered to medical patients. According to Ruis, whatever the outcome of her report, smoking weed will remain a criminal offense on the island.
There was no information released as to why this limitation was set in place. Nor can we at Dabs Magazine, even in accessing the wildest boundaries of our imaginations, figure a good reason for a system put in place to help patients to limit the manner a patient can ingest their prescribed medicine.
If, when the Health Secretary’s report comes out, it turns out that edibles are the only legal form medical cannabis can be taken in, that means patients might have to wait over an hour for effects to kick in and relieve symptoms like chronic pain. Whereas those side effects can kick in within minutes when THC and CBD are smoked or vaporized.
And some people just like smoking flowers. And it’s easier to produce. Why blast every last gram of bud?
While Puerto Rico’s government makes it’s final decisions on their MMJ system, they’re consulting U.S. companies Quantum 9 from Chicago and GrowBlox Sciences out of Vegas to assist with their research.
Rius added that the University of Puerto Rico is collaborating with two U.S. companies to launch a clinical investigation into the use and production of medicinal cannabis. She identified the companies as Chicago-based Quantum 9 and Las Vegas-based GrowBlox Sciences.