Should Philippines Legalize Marijuana As A Cure?

PHILIPPINES:  The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has revived debates on whether to allow the use of the substance for medicinal purposes.

While those pushing for its legalization claim that marijuana can provide relief to patients who have tried in vain to seek cure from conventional treatments, some are worried about its impact on public safety.

Malacañang has yet to issue a categorical statement on whether it will back the legalization of marijuana, preferring instead to leave the matter to Congress.

Some lawmakers have bared plans to file a bill legalizing medical marijuana, but it remains uncertain whether it will gain widespread support.

Iligan City Rep. Vincent Belmonte, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Dangerous Drugs, has said that the benefits of medical cannabis “should outweigh the risks from potential abuse.”


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