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DOH, to study uses of medical marijuana

Medical cannabis is coming? Possibly!

The Department of Health has created a panel to go into the possible benefits of medical marijuana, Inquirer reported.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that, with the lead from experts from the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health, the research team is looking at the potential advantages of marijuana for medical purposes.

“A panel has been formed. I am not a clinician so I have no idea about medical marijuana. But I’ve heard from various groups that it has medicinal benefits so we’re looking at that,” Ubial said in the report.

The panel will also conduct research on the possible benefits of medical marijuana so that it won’t be overly used.

President Duterte has earlier expressed support for studies on the use of medical marijuana, remarking that it has become a prevalent component in modern medicine.

The President, however, strongly expressed opposition on use of marijuana as a recreational drug.

Under the previous administration, lawmakers aimed for the legalization of marijuana for medical use, but some medical groups countered the proposal.

Then Health Secretary Janette Garin said in 2015 that the health department would conduct research on the proposed laws legalizing medical marijuana to be used in improving symptoms or treating disease.

House Bill No. 4477, or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, would legally permit the use of medical marijuana.

However, some medical groups contested the measure, noting that medical marijuana’s effectiveness and safety claims for certain conditions are yet to be proved by science, the report said.


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