Cheers greet fresh hopes for legalization of medical marijuana

Supporters of moves to decriminalize marijuana in the Philippines, including regular and occasional smokers, were euphoric over reports that the health committee of the House of Representatives had endorsed a bill allowing the use of cannabis to treat chronic or debilitating health conditions.

Social media was abuzz after the news broke online on Tuesday. “I never thought I’d say this, but thank you, Congress,” said one post on Facebook.

“Let’s start planting,” another added.

One corporate executive beamed with excitement as he lit a pipeful of high-grade grass in the comfort of a friend’s home.

“Wow, man,” he quipped while holding the smoke in his lungs, “what a beautiful world this would be.”

Oops, not so fast!

No smoking

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, principal author of the measure, said the proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act would expressly prohibit marijuana smoking.

“It is very clear in the bill that you can’t smoke weed per se. You cannot

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