House Speaker Sonny Belmonte rejects suggestion to legalize marijuana

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III expressed the desire to make it legit.

Charisse Luci of the Manila Bulletin reports that the chances of marijuana being legalized in the Philippines is now next to impossible after House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. categorically said that any proposed legislation to do so "won't pass in the House of Representatives."

The report noted that although Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, a member of the House minority bloc, has expressed his intention to file a bill legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, its chances of becoming a law is almost nil because Belmonte and several other congressmen have "expressed apprehension that legalizing the use and sale of marijuana would further encourage drug addiction among the youth."


The issue of legalizing pot in the country was raised again recently after the state of Colorado in the United States made the sale of marijuana legal since January 1.


Malacanang officials earlier said it will be up to legislators to decide if they want to pass a law legalizing the sale of  marijuana or cannabis sativa in the Philippines.


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