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Albano’s marijuana bill gets group’s backing

Nov 15, 2015 @ 11:09

An organization calling itself the Philippine Cannabis Compassion Society (PCCS) has expressed support to the bill filed by Isabela 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Albano III legalizing the use of marijuana.

PCCS founder Kimmi Del Prado said they are not losing hope the proposed law would be passed in the next Congress, as the 16th Congress appeared to have no more time left to act on the bill.

“We know there’s little time left with the 16th Congress. We are aware of pressing issues such as the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law), West Philippine Sea dispute and other bills in process,” Del Prado said in a Philippine Star report.

PCCS describes itself as a group of “cannabis advocates”, mostly patients and parents of children in need of medical marijuana, according to its Facebook page.

The non-government organization (NGO) was formed in 2013 and vowed to “never give up the fight until we have safe, legal and affordable to medical marijuana.”

Prado is also proposing that the bill be discussed in presidential debates.

“We need to ask the presidential aspirants whether or not they are for the legalization of medical cannabis in the Philippines,” she said.

In filing House Bill 4477, Albano said marijuana has scientifically proven to cure certain illnesses without the harmful side effects.

A self-confessed marijuana user in his younger years, the lawmaker noted that the “grass” does not kill and if used properly, it could even save lives.

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