In Febuary, UniversalCO2Â had the pleasure of doing a massive install for our clients down in thee 51st state, Puerto Rico
The island of Puerto Rico legalized Medical Cannabis in 2015. Â
Â After a lengthy debate, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory, surprising everyone â€“ even the advocates!
Â By January 2016,
Â a regulatory framework had been established
. Officials said cannabis could be used in the form of pills, creams, patches and oral drops, the Associated Press reported. Officials laid out other initiatives such as implementing a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system, licensing for doctors and commercial cultivation, and establishing testing protocols.
Puerto Rico, following in line with its alreadyÂ strict anti-smoking regulations
, will not allow for the smoking of medicinal marijuana.
In March 2016,
Â Garcia indicated he wants the territory to go even further and legalize marijuana.
During his final public address,Â Padilla said the legislature should move to legalize cannabis
, or at least approve a 2013 bill that would decriminalize marijuana.
Puerto Ricoâ€™s economy is in the throes of crisis â€” the country is saddled with more than $70 billion of debt and it has little means to meet obligations to its bondholders, theÂ New York Times report
The island skipped a $399 million debt payment due May 2, but the defaults have continued to escalate. Puerto Rico has been struggling with a prolonged recession, with rising unemployment and declining business that has led hundreds of thousands of residents to move to the United States mainland.
The inclusion of a reciprocity provision â€” which allows medical marijuana patients from other states to purchase products from Puerto Rico dispensaries â€” was looked upon as a huge value-add for a country with a strong medical tourism industry, Maldonado said.
With that being said Universal is proud to say that we helped to develop one of the largest grows on the island. Â The project consisted ofÂ 8Â rooms teetering onÂ 80,000sqftÂ transformed to grow space thus far in an enormous facility with a plethora of spaceÂ to expand into. Â All 8 rooms are now equipped with ourÂ state of the art CO2 enrichment system with every detail of safety and an instant profit increase implemented. Â In addition to the best Â system inÂ CO2 enrichment we also custom built and intalled a 96 station watering panel. Â Both panels are fully automated with LCD touch screens and remote access. Â These customized systemsÂ will ensure safety and reliability while being economical and tailored toÂ "growing" needs. Â Welcome to the future Puerto Rico!