Medical marijuana

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Friday, June 27, 2014


ISABELA Rep. Rodolfo Albano’s House Bill No. 4477, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana, has gained the support of several lawmakers.

If enacted into law, cannabis or marijuana would be legally used to treat “chronic or debilitating disease or medical conditions” and diseases that cause a patient to suffer chronic pain, severe nausea and seizures.

Weed smokers throughout the ages were right all along when they said, “It’s just medicine, man.”

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But Albano’s bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana still prohibits the possession and smoking of marijuana for nonmedical purposes. You’d still land in jail for that.

A Medical Cannabis Regulatory Authority will be created under the Department of Health. Perhaps, a doctor’s prescription may be required. Expect a beeline to doctors’ clinics.

So, someone must suffer from chronic pain and have nausea and seizures first before smoking marijuana, not smoking pot first before having nausea.

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The powerful Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said it is not absolutely opposed to the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

“Catholic health care ethics, in fact, considers as morally justifiable the use of marijuana for terminal cancer patients in severe pain,” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said in a statement.

The Church is compassionate enough not to cast away the sick who get stoned.

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Republic Act No. 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, allows the regulated prescription of dangerous drugs for pain management.

Section 2 of RA 9165 provides for “a balance in the national drug control program so that people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.”

Medical marijuana may be legalized, but recreational marijuana may have to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2014.

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