Miracle alert! CBCP says marijuana use is OK for cancer patients

The exact word they used was "justifiable."

Based on the things they’ve said in the past, we sometimes can’t help but cringe whenever the members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) make a statement.

 

This time around, a miracle happened.

 

The Philippine Star’s Eva Visperas reports that the CBCP is not totally opposed to the legalization of marijuana.

 

In his statement, CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas explained, "Catholic health care ethics in fact consider as morally justifiable the use of marijuana for terminal cancer patients in severe pain."

 

Villegas noted that the provisions of Republic Act 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) allow "the regulated prescription and use of such substances like marijuana as part of pain management for medical conditions such as terminal cancer."

 

Villegas explained that what the CBCP is concerned "about (is) the surreptitious introduction of dangerous and addictive substances and making them legally readily available to those prone to addiction."

 

In other words, they’re OK with marijuana for those in pain but not for those who just want to party.

 

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