• CBCP bucks medical use of marijuana

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    An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appealed to the government to find a better alternative medicine to marijuana and expressed opposition to the drug’s legalization for medical use as proposed by seven lawmakers.

    Fr. Dan Cansino, the executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health Care, said better alternative cures could be developed than the addictive plant.

    He reasoned that marijuana, which has yet to be legalized, has already been abused.

    Cansino added that the legalization of marijuana will only worsen illegal drug activities in the country.

    Recently, six more lawmakers decided to support House Bill 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act of Rep. Rodolfo Albano of the 3rd district of Isabela.

    Among those who co-authored the bill are representatives Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan City (Metro Manila), Emi Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay City (Metro Manila), Roy Seneres of OFW party-list, Regina Reyes of Marinduque, Elisa Olga Kho of Masbate and Henry Oaminal of Misamis Occidental.

    “This [bill]is in response to the demand of patients and caregivers, especially those suffering from cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or sever persistent muscle spasms,” Albano pointed out.

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