Philippines: One day after death penalty vote, House endorses medical marijuana
JUST a day after the Philippine House of Representatives approved the move to reinstate the death penalty for drug-related offences, the House committee on health endorsed the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
House Bill 180, according to ABS-CBN News, prescribes the rules for the proper use of medical marijuana, including the designation of a qualified medical cannabis physician, a medical cannabis patient who shall be issued an identification card, a qualified medical cannabis caregiver and a qualified medical cannabis compassionate centre.
Rep. Seth Jalosjos sponsored the Bill on behalf of its author, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, who was unable to attend the hearing.
Jalosjos believes that legalising marijuana for medical use “will benefit thousands of patients suffering from serious and debilitating diseases.”
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