Solon: Medical marijuana bill has safeguards to prevent abuse

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — The author of the medical cannabis bill assured on Monday that there will be safeguards to prevent the abuse of medical marijuana.

Isabela First District Representative Rodolfo Albano III on Monday said House Bill 180, or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, only allows authorized physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to those who are suffering from debilitating diseases like cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and post traumatic stress disorder, among others.

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Dr. Socorro L. Reyes, Albano’s chief policy adviser, added medical marijuana cannot be bought in ordinary pharmacies.

“The bill sets up Medical Cannabis Compassionate Centers (MCCC) that are hospital-based and these are the ones that can dispense,” Reyes said.

Not legalizing marijuana

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a statement on Saturday expressed its support for the medical marijuana bill, along with

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