The House of Representatives of the Philippines approved on third reading a bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the use of medical marijuana.

On Tuesday afternoon, 163 lawmakers voted for the passage of House Bill (HB) 6517 on final reading.

Five lawmakers voted against the measure while three others abstained.

HB 6517, authored by Isabela 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd, aims to benefit patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases.

It defines a debilitating medical condition as a disease that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; and seizures.
Under the bill, a person can use medical cannabis if he has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease and if he, in the doctor’s evaluation, “should receive therapeutic or palliative benefits from the medical use of cannabis.”

The measure prohibits the use of cannabis in its raw form.

Source: Manila Times

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