The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, signed an executive order yesterday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Associated Press reports. Puerto Rico joins a group of 23 U.S. states in which the drug is available for treating extreme pain and some forms of sickness. Garcia declared, "We're taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life. I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope." The Puerto Rican health secretary will issue a report in the next three months with details on the new legislation.
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