PUERTO RICO: The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Puerto Rico will have to wait after the island’s House of Representatives did not discuss a bill already passed by the Senate on its last working day for approving measures during the current legislative session.
The controversial measure, which is being sponsored by Sen. Miguel Pereira of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, will not be approved until January in the lower house, after which it will go to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s desk for his signature before becoming law.
House speaker Jaime Perello, a PPD member, said he did not know what the opinion of his delegation regarding the decriminalization of pot for personal consumption was.
The bill sets forth that possession of up to 14 grams (1/2 ounce) of pot would not constitute a crime and would be considered only a violation that would carry a maximum fine of $100, with penalties of $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third offense.