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Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014

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.

Public domain photo/Naturally via Wikimedia Commons

Public domain photo/Naturally via Wikimedia Commons

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.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today.

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  1. is it true that marijuana can really heal different kind of sickness?

  2. it is true that marijuana can really heal different kind of sickness?

  3. Brian Kelly says:

    The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Marijuana is the safest and healthiest intoxicant known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

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