Lawmakers open to tackle proposed legalization of medical marijuana

admin   •   December 19, 2018   •   4599


FILE PHOTO: Marijuana plant | REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Committee on Health and Demography chairperson Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is open to tackling the proposed legalization of marijuana for medical use.

“I have been open to it because if it will prolong the lives, ease the pain of those cancer patients and those in pain, and relieve their agony, why not?” said Ejercito.

Some senators are also willing to hear the debate on the issue.

According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, he is open to this proposal but not for recreational purposes.

Even some lawmakers in the Lower House believe that the statement of Miss Universe Catriona Gray regarding the use of medical marijuana may help in the passage of the bill.

According to Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo, one of the authors of House Bill No. 6517, cannabis may help patients with severe seizure, muscle aches and others.

The proposed bill has already been approved in the committee level.

But according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III, there is no need to pass another law for the use of medical marijuana.

He explained that under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs of 2002 that he authored, there is a policy regarding the regulation of use of dangerous drugs for legitimate medical needs.

According to Sotto, a patient or his or her relative just has to go to the Food and Drugs Administration to ask for what is called a compassionate special permit.

“If the Dangerous Drugs Act confide with FDA circular, we have a compassionate-use provision. It’s allowed already, so what are they talking about? They just don’t know the law,” said Sotto.

“Meron na ba kayong nabalitaan na ang PNP, hinuli ang medical marijuana? Wala, dahil hindi bawal,” he added.

The Senate president clarified however, that usage of marijuana as recreational use is strictly prohibited by law.

Planting of marijuana is also prohibited in the Philippines, given that the country is one of the signatories in the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

Catriona Gray asks NBI to track down those behind fake online photos

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on Tuesday appeared at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to press charges against those who uploaded a digitally-altered and malicious photo of her online.

Gray met with NBI Deputy Director Vicente de Guzman to discuss her complaint.

Gray’s lawyer earlier said a “fake” topless photo of the beauty queen is circulating online and denounced the “vicious attempt to tarnish the good name of Ms. Gray.”

NBI’s Cybercrime division was tasked to handle the investigation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Customs seizes over P1-M worth of marijuana at Port of Clark

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday said it has intercepted P1.1 million worth of marijuana from a misdeclared shipment at Port of Clark.

In a statement, the BOC said the 966 grams of marijuana was found in a shipment declared as “art-work fine” which arrived from California, USA on June 9.

The shipment was subjected to strict profiling of documents and x-ray examination, the bureau said.

“Physical examination on the subject shipment yielded two vacuum-sealed clear plastic packs of suspected fine kush weeds,” it added.

Said shipment was likewise subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated presence of illegal drugs.

Thereafter, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chemical analysis was conducted affirming the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

The BOC said the seized marijuana has been turned over to the PDEA Region 3 on June 18.

Also turned over to the PDEA were two other shipments containing separately one bottle of CBD Oil and six tobacco rolling papers which likewise positively resulted for presence of marijuana.

“Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of Sections 118 (g), 119 (d) & 1113 (f), (i) & (l) of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” the bureau said.

The BOC also reported that last March 30, 2020, the Port of Clark also apprehended P13.2 million worth of marijuana bringing the total to12.535 kgs of illegal or illegal substances seized by the port in 2020.

Bureau of Customs turns over P13.2-M worth of seized marijuana to PDEA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday (April 6) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.569 kilograms of seized marijuana with an estimated value of P13.2 million.

The customs examiner suspected some irregularities when upon physical examination of 14 cans labeled as a healthy meal formula, the labels were found to be movable and not permanently attached.

This prompted the examiner to have the cans opened that revealed to contain plastic sachets of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

The items were also subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs, prompting a chemical analysis by PDEA which affirmed the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

On 30 March 2020, Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.


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