Duterte favors medical marijuana use

Duterte favors medical marijuana use

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Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his support for the use of medical marijuana but thumbed down calls to allow recreational marijuana. The tough-talking mayor, whose campaign is hinged on busting drugs and criminality, said that modern medicines already use medical marijuana as an ingredient. “Medical marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine now. There are medicines right now being developed or already in the market that [contain] marijuana as a component but used for medical purposes,” he said in a press conference. READ: Are you ready to try medical marijuana? Duterte said that recreational marijuana is still a prohibited item under the law and warned that anyone caught using it will be arrested. “Yung maghithit ka lang diyan (na) parang sigarilyo (But if you would smoke it like a cigarette), I will not allow it ever…It remains to be a prohibited item and there’s always a threat of being arrested, or if you choose to fight the law enforcement agency, you die,” Duterte said. Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III has filed House Bill No. 04477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act in May 2014. Since then, the medical community and the Roman Catholic Church have expressed their views on the issue. READ: Lawmaker’s new pitch for med marijuana: It won’t kill you On its part, medical groups, led by the Philippine Medical Association, said that there was insufficient scientific evidence to prove that that use of marijuana was beneficial for some conditions. While the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said that they back the use of medical marijuana for the terminally-ill. The Department of Health does not reject the use of medical marijuana but said that it will review the bill filed by […]

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