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  • Post Time Posted December 19, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said on Tuesday that the president will support any bill that seeks to legalize medical marijuana, and has showed support in the past as well.

Salvador Panelo, Duterte’s spokesperson, noted, "Since the President already made a statement that he’s in favor of limited use of marijuana… logically, then he will support… and sign any bill that would be consistent with his stand,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.

Duterte stirred controversy earlier this month noting that sometimes he takes cannabis to stay awake, despite leading a no-tolerance war on drugs that has lead to the death of thousands in the country, and sparked human rights investigations from the West.

House Bill 6517 or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, is pending before the House of Representatives.

Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/18/18/palace-duterte-willing-to-sign-any-medical-marijuana-bill

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