Malacanan - Duterte will sign any bill legalizing medical marijuana

Malacanan - Duterte will sign any bill legalizing medical marijuana

Striking the iron while it is hot.

 Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in a media briefing in Malacanang palace said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will sign any bill that will land in his table that will pave the way for legalize use of medical marijuana in the Philippines.

Atty. Panelo reiterates that what the President is pushing and is in favor for is the use of marijuana medically and will support any legislative measure consistent with this stand.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (photo credit to CNN Phils)

"He (The President) is in favor of limited use of marijuana," Atty. Panelo told mediamen in MalacaƱang.
"Logically then he will support and sign any bill that would be consistent with his stand."
The issue of marijuana se has taken a life on its own when this was the answer given by the newly crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray in the top 5 question and answer portion of the pageant.
"I'm for it being used in a medical use but not so for recreational use,Because I think if people were to argue 'What about alcohol and cigarettes?' Well everything is good but in moderation," she added. Catriona Gray answered.
Last year (September 2017) a House panel approved House bill No. 6517 or the “Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act”, which seeks to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The bill is on second reading, pending before the House of Representatives.
Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III, the principal author, said he was very much pleased with the renewed interest on the topic of legalization, all thanks to our new Ms Universe.
"(House Bill 6517) adopts a very strict regulatory framework while at the same time promoting the people's right to health by ensuring affordable and safe access to quality medical cannabis," Albano wrote in his statement.
"(It) does not decriminalize the use of cannabis or marijuana. This is not about the recreational use of marijuana. What it does is to create a limited and narrow exception to the country's criminal and civil laws to allow a physician to recommend medical cannabis to patients with serious and debilitating medical conditions," the Isabela representative added.
No law is needed to use marijuana medically
Senate President Vicente Sotto made a clarification that under the Republic Act No. 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the use of medical marijuana is already legal if used for appropriate medication.
A provision under R.A. No. 9165 states that patients can apply for a "compassionate special permit" from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The permit allows unregistered drugs in the country to be used for medication.
"Meron na ba kayong nabalitaan ang PNP (Philippine National Police) (na) hinuli ang medical marijuana? Wala. Hindi bawal eh. Ano ilelegalize mo? E legal," the Senate President said.
"Ang pinag-uusapan dito at ang bibigyan ng permit ng doctor at ng FDA (ay) yung medical cannabis, hindi yung medical marijuana na hinihithit. Because ibig sabihin noon recreational use na."

What can you say about this?

Share us your thoughts by simply leaving on the comment section below. For more news, updates, feel free to visit our site often.

Stay updated with today's relevant news and trends by hitting the LIKE button.

Thanks for dropping by and reading the post

Report from CNN Phils

Post a comment