Puerto Rico's governor has called for the legalisation of cannabis during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that taking such action would lower crime and target hypocrisy. He said legislators should at a minimum approve a bill filed in 2013 that would decriminalise cannabis. Puerto Rico's Health Department recently adopted a regulation allowing the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis.
Garcia spoke for about an hour and addressed other issues, including the island's deepening economic crisis. He stressed the government's $69 billion public debt needs restructuring and said key decisions will be made in the coming months that will decide Puerto Rico's future.
Garcia is not seeking re-election as the island prepares to hold general elections in November.