Industry SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands has authorized the recreational and sacramental use of marijuana for anyone 21 and over, becoming the third U.S. territory to do so. In light of this recent development, many are wondering if Puerto Rico will follow suit and legalize cannabis for adult use. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in the U.S. territory, but recreational use remains illegal. However, there have been recent developments that suggest a change in policy may be on the horizon.
A Puerto Rico senator has followed President Biden's lead by filing a bill that would expunge convictions for simple cannabis possession. The senator is motivated by the belief that those convicted of low-level marijuana offenses should not continue to suffer the consequences of their actions, especially when it is becoming increasingly clear that marijuana is not as harmful as previously believed.
As President Joe Biden announced he would pardon all prior federal offenses of marijuana possession, state and territory marijuana policies have come under renewed scrutiny. Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia have legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, while 36 states have legalize it for medical use. Puerto Rico's current policy falls into the latter category.