The Philippines is set to become the next country to provide access to medical cannabis for treating health conditions. The health committee of the House of Representatives gave a green light to a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act is a result of discussions with patients, advocacy groups, doctors and experts, and would provide patients suffering from a variety of conditions with access to cannabis products. Under the draft law, only patients with permission from a doctor will be able to buy cannabis products such as oils and edibles. Smoking cannabis and recreational use of marijuana will remain prohibited.
“Finally, there is hope for our people, especially our children, who suffer from medical conditions like epilepsy, cancer and multiple sclerosis,” said Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, the author of the measure.
The bill, which still needs the House’s approval, is similar to the medical marijuana laws that have been passed recently in the United States.
The Philippines has very strict regulations regarding the marijuana consumption and violators can face severe penalties, including prison and even death.