President Rodrigo Duterte has made headlines around the world with his deadly drug policy. But despite the bloody drug war, which the “Asian Trump” kicked off in 2016, the Philippines might still approve medicinal cannabis shortly. More about this here.
Duterte already indicated back in 2016 that he had no problem with medicinal cannabis: “I will not deprive the Filipinos of the benefits of medical marijuana.”
He later added when speaking to the media in the Philippines: “Medical marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine now. There are medicines right now being developed or already in the market that [contain] marijuana as a component but used for medical purposes. But if you would smoke it like a cigarette, I will not allow it ever. It remains to be a prohibited item and there’s always a threat of being arrested, or if you choose to fight the law enforcement agency, you die.”
The president’s words apparently spurred Senator Risa Hontiveros on to prepare a bill covering cannabis for…