PDEA awaits law for marijuana
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.