The bill, which aims to legalize the use and research of medical marijuana, was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
AFP
Palace welcomes passage of medical marijuana bill
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - February 1, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang yesterday hailed the passage of the medical marijuana bill, saying it will benefit the sick. 

The bill, which aims to legalize the use and research of medical marijuana, was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. 

A total of 163 lawmakers voted in favor of the measure, five voted against while three abstained. 

“That’s good for those who are sick. The President has always said that he is in support of marijuana being used as a healing mechanism or medicine,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said yesterday. 

Panelo said there is no need for President Duterte to ask the Senate to pass its own version of the bill. 

“He doesn’t have to because they are also bent on passing that,” he added. 

Marijuana is one of the prohibited substances under the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. A person found guilty of possessing at least 500 grams of marijuana, or at least 10 grams of marijuana concentrate, may be punished with life imprisonment and a fine of up to P10 million.

Health officials previously said an enabling law is needed before the government could go full blast in studying the health benefits of marijuana. 

Duterte, who has declared a war against illegal drugs, previously said he is open to the legalization of medical marijuana but is against its recreational use. 

Earlier this month, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she had used cannabis medical patches to ease the pain in her cervical spine. She claimed the pain patches worked. 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL
Philstar
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with