There are a number of states in America that are pushing to legalize recreational marijuana this year. Some are doing it via citizen initiative and signature gathering, others are working to accomplish the task via legislative action. Yesterday Puerto Rico’s Governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, called for Puerto Rico to legalize recreational marijuana. Puerto Rico has been in the process of reforming its marijuana laws, with medical marijuana reform coming last year. Per WDTN:
Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the legalization of marijuana during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that taking such action would lower crime and target hypocrisy. He said legislators should at a minimum approve a bill filed in 2013 that would decriminalize marijuana. Puerto Rico’s Health Department recently adopted a regulation allowing the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana.
Unfortunately it sounds like the Governor is not seeking re-election, and will be replaced this November after a new Governor is elected. But still, this is a very big deal. It’s not every day that a sitting Governor comes out with such strong support for ending marijuana prohibition. I’m curious to see where Puerto Rico goes from here, and if the next Governor will carry on the vision of the current Governor.