PDEA Backs Philippines Medical Marijuana Bill, Sets Conditions

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the bill should be specific, and only legalize the use of medical cannabis in tablet or capsule form.

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October 3, 2017
CNN Philippines
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it is supporting the medical marijuana bill, under certain conditions.

"(PDEA) recognizes the need of patients to have access to safe, affordable, available medical cannabis," PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said in a statement Saturday.

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The agency said cannabis is usually "prescribed by registered physicians in cases where cannabis has been found to be effective in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic or debilitating health conditions."

Aquino, however, warned "control measures and regulations" should be in place.

Aquino said the bill should be specific, and only legalize the use of medical cannabis in tablet or capsule form.

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