Medical marijuana use, yes under Duterte admin
Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte said that he is open to the use of marijuana only for medical purposes, but will never allow recreational use.
“There are medicines right now being developed or already in the market that contains marijuana as a component but used for medical purposes,” Duterte told reporters Monday night.
However, he was firm on his stance to fight against recreational use of marijuana, and those who will be caught will be penalized, as provided by law.
Duterte said that he had previously witnessed classmates use marijuana for leisure, and will never allow it under his administration. “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,” he added.
In 2014, Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III files H.B. No. 044777 otherwise known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, which promotes legal the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, said House Bill doesn’t get approval from medical professionals, because experts have yet to approve effectiveness of medical marijuana.
Currently, Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 prohibits possession and use of marijuana resin, or resin oil in the Philippines. Anyone caught with least 10 grams of resin or resin oil, or 500 grams of marijuana can be sentenced to life imprisonment or asked to pay fine ranging from P500,000 to 10 million.