• Daily Marijuana Observer Facebook
  • Daily Marijuana Observer Twitter
  • Daily Marijuana Observer StockTwits
  • Daily Marijuana Observer SA
  • Daily Marijuana Observer Instagram
  • Daily Marijuana Observer Youtube
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Daily Marijuana Observer Talk Market

Philippines House Committee Approves Medical Cannabis Bill

September 26, 2017


Amidst a bloody drug war that has reportedly claimed more than 10,000 casualties, the Philippines have taken a medical marijuana bill one step closer to reality.


The House Committee on Health unanimously endorsed the “Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act” yesterday, after in-depth consultations with patients, healthcare workers, and advocates. The bill was authored by Representative Rodolfo T. Albano III and is designed to legalize and regulate medical marijuana for the Asian island archipelago.


If adopted, the legislation will oversee the creation of Medical Cannabis Compassion Centres which will be licensed by the Philippines Department of Health. These centers will be permitted to dispense cannabis to qualified patients or caregivers through a pharmacist. The legislation also allows for medical cannabis research, which will also be licensed through the Department of Health.


Under the bill, Medical Cannabis Research and Safety Compliance Facilities will be responsible for cultivating and testing cannabis in an enclosed, secure location, and only patients who have a legitimate prescription showing a debilitating medical condition will be issued identification cards from the Department of Health.


“It’s very clear in the bill. We’re not doing it for recreational purposes and we are not decriminalizing marijuana,” said Albano in a statement to the media. The Rep. added that only processed marijuana medicines will be permitted, as the legislation does not allow raw cannabis for smoking or vaping.


The bill will now be sent to a Parliamentary plenary for amendments and then a second reading.

This article was originally published on Marijuana.com


About Jon Hiltz: Jonathan Hiltz has been a journalist, a TV producer and marijuana advocate for over sixteen years. He has a wife, two young children and lives in the Toronto area.

Please reload

Please reload

Please reload


© Copyright 2016-2020 Smoke Show Ventures, Inc.

RSS Feed

Disclaimer: Except for the historical information and data presented herein, matters discussed in articles on this website contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future performance or achievements expressed or implied by such coverage. Smoke Show Ventures, Inc., which owns The Daily Marijuana Observer, is not registered with any financial or securities regulatory authority, and does not provide nor claims to provide investment advice or recommendations to readers of this release. Smoke Show Ventures, Inc., which owns The Daily Marijuana Observer, may from time to time have a position in the securities mentioned herein and will increase or decrease such positions without notice. Before making specific investment decisions, readers should seek their own professional advice and that of their own professional financial adviser. Smoke Show Ventures, Inc. or its affiliates, which owns The Daily Marijuana Observer, may be compensated for its services in the form of cash-based and/or equity- based compensation in the companies it writes about, or a combination of the two. For full disclosure please visit: https://www.dailymarijuanaobserver.com/legal-disclaimer/.