Lawmakers open to tackle proposed legalization of medical marijuana

admin   •   December 19, 2018   •   4393


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

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.

BOC seizes P200K worth of Kush weeds, liquid marijuana

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) on Tuesday said it has intercepted a shipment allegedly containing kush weeds and liquid marijuana with an estimated value of P200,000.

The BOC-NAIA said the shipment was confiscated at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City on Monday, January 6.

The parcel was intercepted by the bureau in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

The shipment, which was declared to contain a pair of shoes and chocolate, was identified to have originated from California.

The parcel was subjected to further examination after authorities detected the scent it emitted which was similar to marijuana shipments previously intercepted by authorities.

It was found to contain four packs of suspected kush weeds and ten cartridges of liquid marijuana.

The shipment was consigned to a certain Xavier Martin Bulos from Sampaloc, Manila, who was arrested when he claimed the parcel.

The BOC said Bulos will face charges for violation of RA 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act.

BOC seizes P1.6-M worth of high-grade marijuana at NAIA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 973 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana at the Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on December 6.

The suspected high-grade marijuana came from the United States and has an estimated value of P1.6 million.

According to a statement by the BOC on their social media, the parcel declared as “Marvel Comic and Child Sleeping Bag” was intercepted by NAIA customs frontliners and operatives in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The apprehended item was consigned to a certain individual from Taguig city and was found to contain three (3) vacuum sealed pouches of suspected Kush weed. The suspect was apprehended while claiming the said parcel,” the BOC reported.

“The suspect shall undergo inquest proceedings for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act,” the BOC added.—AAC


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