Tito Sotto warns public about purchasing poppy seeds, says they are "not harmless" and illegal

Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III has called for poppy seed outlets to "cease and desist from offering (the seeds) as condiments," reports GMA News. In a privilege speech on Monday, he warned the public against purchasing poppy seeds openly sold in "trendy" groceries, bakeshops and supermarkets, reports Inquirer.net.

"They are not harmless," Inquirer.net quoted the Senator as saying. "In fact, after an ingestion of these poppy seeds, one will test positive for opium in a drug test, as found by the Dangerous Drugs Board."

According to the report, the Senator said they found an opium poppy plant in Barangay Paoay, Halsema Highway in Benguet. Under Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Sotto said importing any dangerous drug "regardless of the quantity and purity involved, including any and all species of opium poppy" is punishable by life imprisonment and up to a P10-million fine.

"It’s illegal," the Senator said.

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