The Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Association (PRMCA), the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development, and Puerto Rico Medcann.biz consulting firm have launched a Stronger Together campaign, to raise relief funds for 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. The announcement was made at last week’s MJBiz Conference, held in Las Vegas.
If you would like to donate to the Stronger Together campaign to support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, text PRHELP to 444-999. Donations go directly to affected communities, and PRMCA said that Puerto Rico’s cannabis community, despite considerable losses for some marijuana businesses, has supported the campaign.
“Our mission for MJBizCon is to work with fellow cannabis professionals to help raise Funds for victim relief for the still-suffering Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” said PRMCA spokesperson Mimi Perez. “Since Maria made landfall more than 50 days ago, many of the 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico are without drinkable water, cell service, electricity, and basic human needs. Please visit our booth to pledge your support to your fellow humans in need and show how we are all Stronger Together.”
In Las Vegas, PRMCA hosted a booth at MJBizCon with educational information about the campaign and a “virtual reality hurricane experience” for attendees to view and illustrate the urgency of continuing emergency.
In PRMCA’s announcement, the organization pointed out that more than 200,000 veterans reside in Puerto Rico, many of whom use medical marijuana for conditions like PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, among others. The advocacy group also said that, on the island, 21 out of 29 dispensaries are still operating, as well as nine out of 11 grow facilities. However all of Puerto Rico’s emerging cannabis industry faces ongoing obstacles as lack of resources, including power and supply shortages, are still widespread after the disaster.
PRMCA is made up of medical professionals, business owners, scientists, and patients dedicated to promoting responsible medical cannabis use in Puerto Rico. To learn more about the organization, visit their website.