The storm destroyed most of the island's greenhouses last year, along with an entire crop of marijuana plants, costing the industry millions of dollars.

Next week marks the grim anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, killing nearly 3,000 people and destroying much of the country's infrastructure.

Among the many victims of this natural disaster was the island's medical cannabis industry, which was just beginning to get off the ground when the storm made landfall.

The U.S. territory only legalized medical marijuana in December of 2016, and many new startups spent much of 2017 building high-tech greenhouses and processing facilities, only to have them wiped out by the storm in September.

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Chris Moore ~ MerryJane.com

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