Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after the US possession’s legislature failed to act on the issue.

Garcia Padilla signed the decree late Sunday, instructing his health secretary to work out the details of its implementation.

The measure will clear the way for suppliers to begin making medicines derived from marijuana as early as August, Health Secretary Ana Rius Armendariz said.

The governor provided few details of the plan, but smoking marijuana will continue to be banned.

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