Is the Philippines Government Ready to Legalize Medical Cannabis?

The time is now to advance medical cannabis in the Philippines, said a policy advisor to Congressman Rodolfo T. Albano, who authored recent legislation.

On Sept. 25, the Philippines Parliamentary House Committee approved a medical cannabis bill and pushed it forward in the political process. This move is an incredible achievement for a nation currently gripped in a bloody drug war endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Any medical marijuana legalization in the Philippines would foster one of the starkest contrasts in drug policy seen today, where medical patients would be permitted to ingest cannabis while recreational users are more at