Puerto Rico Betting on Medical Marijuana to Ease Crisis

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Puerto Rico Betting on Medical Marijuana to Ease Crisis

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Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating millions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs.

“This is an economic niche that we can grab on to,” he said.

Like more than two dozen U.S. states, Puerto Rico is pinning a little of its future on the recently illegal drug.

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