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Puerto Rico officially kicked off its first international cannabis conference today with hopes that medical marijuana can provide the economic boost the destination desperately needs.
The $3 billion per year medical cannabis industry in the United States could provide the economic stimulus and job growth that Puerto Rico’s citizens are looking for in 2016 and beyond.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) Executive Director Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort noted that the conference will continue the efforts to promote medical tourism for the territory. The conference runs through June 29.
“With this conference we seek to be at the forefront of this industry and gain valuable information on how medical cannabis can help those in Puerto Rico and other areas," Rocafort said in a written release. "This conference will give investors and medical professionals the resources needed to make us a leader in the medical tourism industry.”
With cultivation licenses being filed as of February 6, 2016, Puerto Rico is now added to the list of the 25 states plus D.C. to join this industry.
Puerto Rico also becomes the second location in the United States to integrate medical tourism, allowing patients from other jurisdictions to show their medical cards in order to purchase and consume their medicine.