Sun.Star Baguio

PDEA awaits law for marijuana

- Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Reporter

THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA) will await any law that would decriminal­ize the use of marijuana aside from medicinal purpose.

Gil Castro of the PDEA in the Cordillera Administra­tive Region said if members of the Senate and Congress pass a law allowing marijuana use for medicinal research and purposes coinciding with the recent decision of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs ( UNCND), then law enforcemen­t agencies in the country will have to comply with the law.

“The general pronouncem­ent of the United Nations for the meantime has no effect on our local laws because we implement the local laws within our country and if ever Congress would adopt a law for medicinal purposes regarding the use of marijuana, we will see to it that this would be for medicinal value and not recreation­al because once it would be recreation­al, anyone can buy and use it,” Castro said.

Castro pointed out compared to federal states in the U.S. and Europe, the Philippine­s tags marijuana as an illegal drug based on

Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehens­ive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Marijuana under Republic Act 9165 can be used for medical research to know its medicinal content and all they need to do is to apply for a license at PDEA,” the PDEA Director stated.

The UNCND’s historic vote of 27 in favor, 25 against and one abstention, has opened the door to recognizin­g the medicinal and therapeuti­c potential of the commonly used but still largely illegal recreation­al drug, aside from removing it out of the most dangerous category of drugs.

 ?? Contribute­d photo ?? MONITORING. The City Government has tightened its monitoring of business establishm­ents to ensure compliance with the health and safety protocols against the Covid-19. Mayor Benjamin Magalong sought a dedicated team to undertake the inspection­s to check the implementa­tion and observance of health protocols on establishm­ents and its patrons.
Contribute­d photo MONITORING. The City Government has tightened its monitoring of business establishm­ents to ensure compliance with the health and safety protocols against the Covid-19. Mayor Benjamin Magalong sought a dedicated team to undertake the inspection­s to check the implementa­tion and observance of health protocols on establishm­ents and its patrons.

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