House of Representatives, legalizes medical marijuana

House of Representatives, legalizes medical marijuana

The bill authored by Isabela Representative Rodito Albano which calls for the legalization of the use of marijuana for medical purposes, has just passed the third reading.

With a vote of 163-5 with 3 abstentions, the House of Representaives has approved on the third reading the bill calling for the legalization nd regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

medical marijuana for medical use has hurdled the HOR (photo credit to owner)

The bill in its barest will allow the use of marijuana in treating chronic or debilitating medical conditions and establish Medical Cannabis Compassionate Centers (MCCC) which will be authorized to sell, supply and dispense cannabis to qualified patients or their caregivers through S3-licensed pharmacists.

Under the proposed law, the license of the MCCC will be issued by the Department of Health(DOH) and will be based in department-retained hospitals, specialty hospitals and private tertiary hospitals.

Albano explains that the proposed law is still in line with the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which states that “the government should, however, aim to achieve a balance in the national drug control program so that people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.”

PDEA backs medical use of marijuana

Last month, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) also backed the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

If you are a doctor, you don’t say [to the patient] you take one stick [of marijuana] a day. It is not the case. You don’t use the plant or a part of it for medicine. It is in controlled amount, extracted, in a tablet, capsule or vial. If it is [a case[ a medical preparation, [served] with minimal amounts, then logically there is good use for it because it has already been proven in certain studies,” PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.

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