Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Puerto Rico

Can Cannabis Cure Glioblastomas and Other Forms of Cancer?

In April 2017, Keischa N. Quiles Mercado of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was 27 and had just started her master’s program in psychotherapy, when one morning she was awoken by a series of grand mal seizures. Her mother and sister rushed her to the emergency room. At the hospital, imaging revealed a large mass lodged in…
Read more

How Medicinal Cannabis Became Legal in Puerto Rico

By 2013, 52 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing cannabis for medicinal use. Eighteen states had already passed referendums or bills legalizing medical marijuana for a broad range of conditions, and within five years that number was destined to nearly double. But in certain areas (Midwest and South, for example) medicinal cannabis remained…
Read more

Hemp Hemp Hooray: Legalization Of Super Plant To Revitalize Puerto Rican Agriculture

Ever since the last sugar cane processing plant closed in 2000, Puerto Rico's agricultural industry has struggled mightily. Legalized hemp may change that. Puerto Rico might have one of the most underdeveloped agricultural sectors on the planet. According to statistics provided by the US Department of Agriculture, Puerto Rico farming income has decreased by two-thirds…
Read more

How Pot Shops Are Doing After Hurricane Maria

With crops destroyed and dispensaries badly damaged, there's been uncertainty about whether Puerto Rico’s cannabis industry can survive such a devastating blow. As a parting gift to the U.S. territory island of Puerto Rico, with seven months left in his term, in May 2015, governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order to legalize marijuana…
Read more

Utuado, Puerto Rico: Un Año Después del Huracán María

Como la mayoría de las situaciones traumáticas, para todos nosotros en Puerto Rico, el huracán María no fue un evento común, ya que alteró nuestra realidad y el diario vivir de cada Puertorriqueño. Mucho después de que los medios noticiosos en los Estados Unidos y otros países reemplazaran nuestra historia con nuevos titulares y los…
Read more

Utuado, Puerto Rico: One Year After Hurricane Maria

All-inclusive resorts facing white, sandy beaches; the forts in Old San Juan; El Yunque Rainforest; the bioluminescent bay; home of tostones, arroz con gandules and the original piña colada; salsa music and the coquí frog all have the makings of the perfect vacation on the Caribbean island dubbed, “La Isla del Encanto” (The Enchanted Island).…
Read more

Pondering My Racial Identity Post-Hurricane Maria

I have been writing from the Biracial and Multiracial perspective since I co-authored the book, Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide in 2015. Being Biracial is an anthology of essays from either Multiracial people or parents of mixed race kids. My parents raised my brothers and me to self-identify as Black, and yes, I…
Read more

An Economy in Ruins? No, an Economy that was Ruined, and Purposely

An edited version of this Op-Ed was published on Truth-Out.org. Unfortunately they edited out many of the most important parts that spoke about the systematic exploitation of Puerto Rico by the United States over the last 100+ years. Through no fault of their own, the Puerto Rican people have suffered through decades of heartache, disappointment, and having…
Read more