A bill to legalize and regulate medical cannabis in the Philippines was approved on its second reading in the House of Representatives this week, but steps remain before it can become law.

The measure would open MMJ access to patients for a wide variety of uses and call for the creation of a Medical Cannabis Compassionate Center – effectively laying the legal foundation for a functional industry in the eighth-most-populous country in Asia.

Medical cannabis is technically permitted in the Philippines because of a 1992 Department of Health (DOH) Administrative Order and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which stipulates that “people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.”

 

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Philippines medical cannabis bill advances, but it’s not law yet