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Philippines: House of Representatives approves bill on medical cannabis

By on September 26, 2017

The measure aiming to help patients alleviate chronic conditions by using medical marijuana was approved by House body

The Bill No. 180, also known as Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, was approved by the health committee yesterday, as the previous document regulating the use of the plant used to classify cannabis as a dangerous drug.

Patients suffering from debilitating conditions, including cancer and multiple sclerosis, will be the beneficiaries of the latest regulations.

The author of the proposal was Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano, who aims for people being able to access Medical Cannabis Compassionate Centers (MCCC) approved by the country’s Department of Health (DOH) in order to obtain their medication, as well as conducting objective research on the medical use of this plant.

Nevertheless, the only authorized persons to release the treatments will be pharmacists with S3 license from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which will also closely monitor the implementation of the new regulations.


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