Newspaper, “The Inquirer” reports

“I feel high. There is high morale because finally the bill will reach plenary,” Albano told the Inquirer.

Under parliamentary procedures, the bill would be put through debate and presented to the entire 293-member House for approval in a plenary session.

President Rodrigo Duterte, despite his tough campaign against illegal drugs, has expressed support for the medical use of marijuana.

“There are medicines being developed, or are now in the market, that contain marijuana for medical purposes,” the President has said, adding that he opposed recreational marijuana.

Albano said the proposed law, which substituted House Bill No. 180 he had authored, would “legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis,” Albano said.

The lawmaker said the previous House leadership did not prioritize his original bill as the current one did.