MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would not approve the legalization of medical marijuana, after initially expressing openness to sign a proposed measure allowing its use.Reports ABS/CBN news

“I’m ignorant of that kind of research. I don’t read it, and I don’t intend to legalize it. Gawin mo lang excuse yan eh. Magtatanim ka ng iyo.”

House Bill No. 6517 or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which seeks to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, is pending before the House of Representatives.

The measure prescribes rules for the proper use of medical marijuana, including the designation of a qualified medical cannabis physician, a qualified medical cannabis patient who shall be issued an identification card, a qualified medical cannabis caregiver, and a qualified medical cannabis compassionate center.

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And only a few months ago he was joking about cannabis use