Padilla eyes Israel as model for medical marijuana use in Philippines
Speaking during the hearing of the Senate Health Subcommittee tackling Senate Bill 230 (Medical Cannabis Compassionate Access Act), Padilla said he learned more of the use of medical marijuana when he and his team visited Israel for a study tour last May 1-3.
Tel Aviv [Israel], July 13 (ANI/TPS): Sen. Robinhood Padilla on Thursday said he is considering Israel as model for allowing cannabis (marijuana) strictly for medical purposes, as well as in preventing its misuse and abuse, in the Philippines. Speaking during the hearing of the Senate Health Subcommittee tackling Senate Bill 230 (Medical Cannabis Compassionate Access Act), Padilla said he learned more of the use of medical marijuana when he and his team visited Israel for a study tour last May 1-3.
According to the lawmaker, Israel is known to have the clearest laws and regulations on medical cannabis, as well as having the most comprehensive research on the matter. On the enforcement of laws, nothing can beat Israel, he said, and what they learned during their study tour will be included in their proposed measure on medical cannabis in the Philippines
He said the Israel Ministry of Health and Israeli Medical Cannabis Agency made their study tour very productive, with the Israel Medical Cannabis Agency governing the regulations and permits in the supply chain. He also cited the said country's strict law enforcement procedures in tracking the use of medical cannabis
"Our objective is clear – that the cannabis we are discussing is for medical purposes, And not for recreational use like in The Netherlands and other countries," he stressed. He also reiterated his appeal to the public to keep an open mind on the medical use of cannabis as he maintained that his obligation as a lawmaker is to allow people the freedom to choose their method of therapy that they think is best, and in accordance to the prescription of their doctors. (ANI/TPS)
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