Roughly 20 medical marijuana dispensaries are already operating on the island, according to a count on Weedmaps. The dispensaries began opening for business in January after the island’s health department promulgated industry rules a year earlier.
The new law doesn’t allow smokable marijuana, but vaping is permitted, according to Godwin Aldarondo, a cannabis-focused attorney in Puerto Rico.
Now that Puerto Rico’s MMJ industry has full governmental support, the island could become a cannabis tourism mecca in the Caribbean. The law includes a reciprocity policy that allows dispensaries to serve patients who hold medical marijuana cards from their home states, according to Aldarondo.