PHILIPPINES: The House minority bloc is pushing for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Minority leader Ronaldo Zamora said they would join minority colleague Rep. Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela in advocating and promoting medical marijuana.
“We are in agreement that marijuana for medicinal, strictly medicinal, purposes should be examined and legitimized. For recreational purposes, that’s an entirely different issue,” he said.
Albano is drafting a bill that would allow the use of marijuana by patients suffering from epilepsy and similar conditions.
He said members of the Philippine Moms for Medical Marijuana have asked him to champion their cause in Congress.
“I am seeking medical marijuana for certain patients only. If all else failed, why don’t we allow them to try it?” he said.