Philippines’ Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Gaining Support
Philippine Senator Robin Padilla recently introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana as a “compassionate alternative means of medical treatment.” If the bill turns into law it would allow for marijuana to be legally used for research and medications.
Philippine Cannabis Compassionate Society (PCCS) spokesman, Dr. Donnabel Cunanan along with Chuck Manansala of Masikhay Research and Dr. Gem Marq Mutia, founder of the Philippine Society of Cannabinoid Medicine, revealed their support of the measure during their courtesy call on Wednesday at the senator's office, reported New Straits Times.
"On behalf of our group, I want to thank you for your boldness. Finally after nine years of advocating, we have a bill in the Senate," Cunanan said in a statement on Thursday.
The PCCS is an organization consisting of patients, parents, and caregivers who are fighting for the legal use of medical cannabis. Cunanan also said that it should crucial to work on allowing cannabis not only as a pain reliever for those with terminal illnesses but also as a cure for those who have a chance to survive.
Under the proposed measure, medical marijuana would be allowed in capsule or oil form to qualified patients, and there would also be penalties for those abusing cannabis.
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