President Rodrigo Duterte will sign any bill that will legalize the use of medical marijuana in the Philippines, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
In a media briefing, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo reiterated that Duterte favors the use of medical marijuana and will support any legislative measure consistent with his stand.
“He (The President) is in favor of limited use of marijuana,” Panelo told reporters in Malacañang.
“Logically then he will support and sign any bill that would be consistent with his stand.”
The issue was thrust back into the spotlight after newly-crowned Miss Universe Catriona Gray said she was in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana.
In the Top 5 question-and-answer portion, the 24-year-old shared an affirmative stand, saying she was “for it” being used for medical purposes.
“I’m for it being used in a medical use but not so for recreational use,” Gray answered during the pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Because I think if people were to argue ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well everything is good but in moderation,” she added.
Last September 2017, a House panel approved House Bill No. 6517 or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which seeks to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. [Read more at CNN]