Philippines: Malacañang says no to legalizing marijuana
It appears that the Philippines will not go the way of Uruguay, or like the US states of Colorado and Washington, and legalize marijuana, according to a Philippines News Agency report today.
Officials from the Presidential Palace say they do not see the Philippines going the way of some states in the United States in legalizing the use of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said marijuana is considered a prohibited substance under the Philippines’ Dangerous Drugs Act.
“It’s prohibited under the Dangerous Drugs Act. It will remain as such until Congress amends it otherwise.”
In the South American country of Uruguay, President Jose Mujica president signed into law the government’s plan to create a regulated, legal market for marijuana on Chistmas eve.
That bill was passed in the Senate just two weeks earlier.
The law would allow individuals to grow up to six plants of marijuana and possess as many as 480 grams for personal use. Marijuana clubs of anywhere from 15 to 45 members would also be allowed and granted permission to grow up to 99 plants at a time.