How to get a medical marijuana card in the Philippines
Posted May 18, 2018 06:29:00 A medical marijuana program in the country of the Philippines will soon allow anyone who needs the medicine to access it.
Healthcare services groups in the Philippine capital Manila have confirmed to Reuters that the government of President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to introduce a pilot program by the end of next month.
Medical marijuana, a controversial and illegal drug, has been legal in the United States for more than 20 years.
But it is still illegal under Philippine law, and in 2015, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the drug should be legalized.
The Philippines has seen a spike in cases of severe mental illness linked to the drug, which was first approved by the United Nations in 1996 and is considered the most effective and safest treatment available for patients with chronic pain.
The drug has also been linked to addiction and a rise in HIV cases.
The Philippine government has yet to set up a centralized dispensing system and it is unclear how long the program will be allowed to take effect.
The announcement of the pilot program comes just weeks after the Philippines’ Health Ministry reported that more than 7,000 patients had been treated for severe pain, nausea and vomiting and more than 2,000 of them were discharged from hospitals after undergoing emergency treatment.