Authorized statement of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló:
(January 4, 2018 – La Fortaleza, San Juan) “It has come to light that the United States Attorney General has modified the previous public policy that allowed the states and territories to legislate to make way for the use of medicinal or recreational cannabis.
This change is a setback caused by the lack of awareness of the scientific evidence, which points to the benefits of cannabis to the health of the citizens that suffer some health conditions.
I have instructed my cabinet members to be vigilant of the development of this new public policy of the federal Government, and to join any legal actions that arise to defeat it.
We will be combining efforts with other states and members of Congress to promote measures, such as Rorahbacker-Farr, which prohibits the United States Department of Justice to use public funds to try or arrest patients or providers of medicinal cannabis that comply with state laws.
I reiterate my support to the medicinal cannabis industry in Puerto Rico, which has contributed to the improvement of the quality of life of over 16,000 patients, and has generated over 30,000 direct jobs.
I urge all of the industry members to adhere strictly to our law and regulations to continue demonstrating that in Puerto Rico we have a serious, responsible, and completely medicinal industry.”