So maybe the president of the Philippines wasn’t joking after all when he said he smokes cannabis to stay awake at meetings.
Earlier this month, Rodrigo Duterte shocked reporters when he told a press conference that marijuana helped him maintain alertness during marathon political conferences, like the recent annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations consortium. Though Duterte later walked back the statement, on Tuesday presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the politician who powered a bloody drug war in the archipelago nation will sign “any bill that would be consistent with his stand,” of pro-medicinal cannabis legalization.
Panelo told the press that “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,” reported ABS-CBN News.
There is in fact, medical marijuana legislation that has been proposed to the country’s House of Representatives. House Bill 6517 aka the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act would make cannabis available to patients in the country. The bill passed committee hearings late last year, would not allow for smokable forms of cannabis, and would set up a system in which marijuana was available through government-operated