Opposition to Cannabis in Puerto Rico: Uninformed

During a recent interview, Puerto Rico Sen. Joanne Rodríguez Veve (of the conservative Proyecto Dignidad) expressed her misgivings about the legalization of adult-use cannabis. As I have made clear before on this blog, Puerto Rico’s failure to fully legalize cannabis strikes me as dreadfully self-defeating. At a time when the island is in dire need of jobs and revenue, the economic opportunities presented by the cannabis industry are being swatted away by most of its governing class—for no good reason. Struck with disbelief, I am always curious to see how cannabis detractors justify their opposition to further legalization.

Rodríguez Veve is generally a sharp exponent of her ideas, but she was on shaky ground when discussing cannabis. (PSA: THC is not cannabis’ “party” component; it is an integral part of medical cannabis, with applications that help cancer and AIDS patients.)  To her credit, though, the senator recognized that she needed to deepen her knowledge when it came to cannabis. She also mentioned that she plans to discuss a bill that has been introduced to legalize adult-use cannabis in Puerto Rico with its sponsor.

Yet when the interviewer suggested that Rodríguez Veve was “open to change,” the senator countered, “honestly …

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