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President Rodrigo Duterte Supports the Use of Marijuana For Epilepsy

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, president of the Republic of the Philipines was supported for the use of cannabidiol (CBD) or marijuana for alleviating severe forms of epilepsy.

President Duterte Supports

According to the PNA, They don’t see the President having a problem with the landmark decision of Dangerous Drugs Board to approve the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a pain reliever containing cannabis to treat epilepsy.

President Duterte Supports

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during the Palace briefing, “Ever since naman iyon ang sinasabi ni Presidente. Kung medical, okay lang sa kaniya (Ever since, that’s what the President said. If it’s for medical purposes, it’s okay with him),”

The president is in favor of the drug that can use for medical purposes. And it will be a case-to-case basis. He also asks for the Chief Executive thoughts about the matter.

Panelo made the statement even the President made a contrary remark in March 2019 during a Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally in Negros Occidental.

Duterte said that he is no longer in favor of the legalization of marijuana in the Philippines. However, Panelo said in the interview of PNA “Pero sinabi niya rin ‘pag kailangan na kailangan sa ikabubuhay ng isang tao at merong scientific findings of medical findings na puwede ‘yon, hindi siya kokontra. Siguro case to case,”

He said the President may have reluctant to allow the legalization of marijuana but if the finding can show the effectiveness of marijuana he may change his mind.

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