Safeguards in place to prevent medical marijuana abuse, Salo says
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
An administration lawmaker has assured the public that authors of the proposed legalization of medical marijuana have placed enough safeguards to prevent abused for recreational purposes.
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Ron Salo (Kabayan party-list) said hospitals under the control of the Department of Health, tertiary hospitals, and private hospitals licensed for medical cannabis purposes will be the only places where such product will be made available.
Salo said the only people who can issue prescriptions for medical cannabis are licensed doctors authorized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to issue prescriptions for medical cannabis.
These authorized licensed doctors, according to Salo, “would be prescribing medical cannabis for very specific conditions and purposes based on their expert diagnosis.”
“Medical cannabis would no longer be illegal but would be strictly regulated,” said Salo.
Salo, one of the lawmakers who voted in favor of the approval of the proposed legalization under House Bill No. 6517, lauded the measure’s primary author Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III for championing the cause of those afflicted with debilitating diseases “whose sufferings can be alleviated through the responsible use of medical cannabis.”
He explained the proposed legalization of medical marijuana shall provide compassion and better quality of life to patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions such as “cachexia, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscles spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis.