- by Marni Meistrell
The arrival of medical marijuana in Puerto Rico has created excitement and uncertainty. Excitement because new and highly effective medical products are now available to the general public, and uncertainty because many are still unsure how to take advantage of this progressive change in healthcare policy.
At Encanna we feel fortunate to be getting in on the ground floor of Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana revolution. Our products are superior grade and manufactured according to the highest standards of quality control.
If you need medical marijuana for your health problem, or are at least want to investigate the possibility of obtaining a prescription, you undoubtedly have many questions about how to proceed. We’ll answer those questions here, and give you a few good reasons why you should choose Encanna as your official medical marijuana dispensary.
Why You Need a Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Medical marijuana is a controlled product, available for legal purchase only from licensed dispensaries like Encanna. If you grow marijuana plants at home or purchase cannabis products on the black market you could be liable for criminal penalties, regardless of your reason for doing so.
Ultimately, this system is designed to protect your interests. Purchasing medical marijuana from a licensed, state-sanctioned retailer guarantees quality assurance and shields you from unscrupulous operators. Encanna sells a full range of pharmaceutical-grade products that have been extensively tested and are appropriate for the treatment of a wide variety of health problems, and when you buy from us you’ll always know exactly what you’re getting.
Encanna is a locally-owned company and we feel a great responsibility to offer only the best and most reliable medical marijuana products to our customers. Encanna products are diverse and appropriate for ingestion, inhalation or topical application, depending on your health condition and personal preference.
Your list of options may include:
- Oral drops
When you buy from Encanna you can rest easy knowing any product you purchase will contain carefully calculated ratios of healing cannabinoids, specifically THC and CBD, along with organic hydrocarbons called terpenes, which enhance marijuana’s therapeutic effects.
Our customer service representatives will be there to help you evaluate the possibilities. In addition to medicinal products you can also buy vaporizers and other products needed to assist with consumption.
Who Is Eligible to Buy Medical Marijuana Products?
Under Puerto Rican law, island residents are eligible to purchase Encanna products only with a prescription. They must also obtain a medical marijuana ID card from Puerto Rico’s Department of Health (Departamento de Salud).
Visitors to the island are eligible to buy our products as well, if they have a doctor’s recommendation to establish need and a government-issued ID to confirm identity.
To receive a prescription for medical marijuana in Puerto Rico, you must have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. The list of these conditions includes:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Anxiety disorders
- Migraine headaches
- Hepatitis C
- Spinal cord injuries
Any medical condition that causes:
- Chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Muscle spasms
In the coming months and years this list is likely to expand, as medical research continues to establish the effectiveness of cannabis products for various healing purposes.
Getting Your Prescription and Medical Marijuana ID Card
Physicians in Puerto Rico are not automatically qualified to prescribe medical marijuana. Before doing so medical professionals must be trained, certified and registered through the Cannabis Doctors Puerto Rico network, and so far approximately 200 licensed physicians have joined this association.
Once you’ve been evaluated by a qualified doctor and received your prescription for cannabis-based medication, your next step is to obtain a medical marijuana ID card. To get it you will have to provide:
- A completed and notarized application form, available from the Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, Departamanto de Salud (you can download a printable copy here).
- A certificate of authorization signed by your physician, establishing the legitimacy of your medical need.
- A copy of your personal ID and signature.
- A certified check for $25.
To receive your card, you must submit your application package in person at the Department of Health’s División de Sustancias Controladas y Cannabis Medicinal office in the Santurce district of San Juan. Anyone under the age of 21 with a prescription for medical marijuana must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Once your application is approved you should receive your ID card shortly. Bring it—and your prescription—to Encanna, or any other licensed medical marijuana dispensary, and you’ll be eligible to purchase a 30-day supply of any medical marijuana products you choose.
The ICAN Rewards Program
As an added bonus for their patronage, we offer all customers the opportunity to sign up for our ICAN Rewards loyalty program.
Under the terms of the program, for every $2 you spend on Encanna products you’ll receive one point, and each 10 points you accumulate will be worth $1. This amounts to five percent credit each time you spend money with us, and as long as you choose to remain in the program you will continue to collect points with each and every purchase.
And there are some special bonuses that make the program even more attractive. You will receive:
- 500 points for new customer referrals ($50 value).
- 50 points for subscribing to the Encanna newsletter ($5 value).
- 100 points for having your product review published by Encanna ($10 value).
You can register for the program either in person or online through our website – just sign up through our contact page to join. Each time you buy something from us your current points total will be reflected on your receipt, and you’ll be free to cash in some or all of your points at any time (just let the cashier know at the time of purchase).
Encanna Makes it Easy to Healthy
As long as you present the required paperwork and identification, choosing Encanna as your medical marijuana dispensary in Puerto Rico will be an easy, convenient and stress-free process. We’ll work with you to make sure you get the type of products your doctor has recommended, in the right dosages and in the form you feel most comfortable using.
Even if you haven’t yet received your medical marijuana prescription or ID, feel free to stop by for a visit. You can speak with our customer representatives and check out our large menu of products. If you decide to become an Encanna customer we can guarantee you a delightful and rewarding experience.