Recreational marijuana may have become legal in the state of Colorado in the United States and may soon be duplicated in other states, but the trend is highly unlikely to get support here in the Philippines, a lawmaker said Friday.
Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd, said that it is unlikely and even close to impossible for Congress to pass a measure to legalize marijuana because Filipinos are aware of the danger cannabis could bring to an individual and to society.
He noted that unlike some of the people of other countries who are easily swayed by unfounded claims about marijuana, Filipino’s are more firm on their stand against marijuana use.
“Only marijuana users and addicts are the ones who wanted cannabis legalized in our country,” Sotto said in an interview.
The legal sale of marijuana for recreational use started last January 1 in Colorado. The legal sale of recreational marijuana in state of Washington is set to begin in the middle of 2014.
But even before Colorado and Washington agreed to legalize the sale of cannabis, several states had already been selling marijuana legally but only for medicinal purposes.
According to Sotto, Spain legalized marijuana many years ago, but decided to repeal it after a few years because of the increase of crime related to cannabis use.
So far no lawmaker either in the Senate or the House of Representatives has filed a measure seeking to legalize marijuana in the country.
Despite the relentless campaign against cannabis, marijuana plantations still exist in different parts of the country, particularly in the Mountain province which is considered as best source of high quality “pot” in the country.
Several groups have been asking the government to ease the rules against the use of cannabis and seriously consider its use for medicinal purposes.
The Philippine Moms for Medical Marijuana has been claiming that marijuana has medicinal traits that could be beneficial to patients.
But Sotto insisted that there has been no empirical date that proves that marijuana can cure anything.