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Puerto Rico Passes Law To Protect Medical Cannabis Users

Puerto Rico passes new law to protect the medical cannabis users in getting employment in the country. A law passed by the Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi on July 29 is supposed to protect both the employee and the employers effective immediately.

The main purpose of the law, "Act to Manage the Study, Development and Investigation of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limitations", is to diminish discrimination against the cannabis users in the country. The law will not only protect the user's but also protect the employers from getting their license cancelled. The users can have medical cannabis without requiring any authorization of the employer.

The Law 15-2021, however, will have its exceptions to stop users from harmful usage in the workspace.

According to the law, if the user poses any threat to anyone or underperforms due to the usage of marijuana, the employer can take necessary actions. The employer can also block the employment of an user if it coincides with a risk of license cancellation, certification issues or have legal ramifications.

The government also asked the Medical Cannabis Regulatory Board and the Department of Labor and Human Resources make changes in their regulations before October 27 to ensure an effective enactment of the law.

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