Parents’ group wants marijuana to be legalized for medical purposes
They value its healing properties highly.
Sheila Crisostomo of The Philippine Star reports that a parents’ group called Philippine Moms for Medical Marijuana has called on the government to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, "saying that it could be the last hope for some patients."
The report quoted Kathleen Kim, the group's founder, as saying during a forum on Monday (November 4) that the prohibited plant also known as cannabis has medicinal value. Kim added that their group is currently handling the cases of "eight Filipino children with autism and epilepsy who could hardly be calmed by Western and traditional medicine and 'medical marijuana' seems to be their last resort.
Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, however, said that "those now using medical marijuana face criminal charges under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002." He said the group may lobby their cause with the Dangerous Drugs Board since RA 9165 has provisions for marijuana use in "medical or scientific research."
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