6 solons co-author medical cannabis bill
The proposal to legalize the regulated use of marijuana for medicinal purposes as embodied in House Bill 4477 filed by Rep. Rodolfo Albano III last month has started to gain support from lama!ers ith si" House members no co#authoring the measure.The co#authors of HB 4477 or the proposed $%ompassionate &se of 'edical %annabis Act( are House 'inority )eader Ronaldo *amora +)one ,istrict- an /uan %ity0- Reps. 1mi %ali"to#Rubiano +)one ,istrict- 2asay %ity0- Roy e3eres +2arty#list- 560- Regina Reyes +)one ,istrict- 'arinduue0- 1lisa lga 8ho +9
,istrict- 'asbate0 and Henry aminal +9
,istrict- 'isamis ccidental0.The lama!ers: co#authorship of the bill as done before %ongress adjourned sine die last ee!.The bill pro;ides it is the policy of the tate to pro;ide measures to achie;e a balance in the national drug control program so that patients ith debilitating medical condition may recei;e adeuate amount of treatment and appropriate medications from the regulated use of dangerous drugs. Toard this end- the bill pro;ides the tate shall legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis hich has been confirmed to ha;e beneficial and therapeutic uses to treat chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces one or more of the folloing< cache"ia or asting syndrome= se;ere and chronic pain= se;ere nausea= seizures- including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy= or se;ere and persistent muscle spasms- including but not limited to those associated ith multiple sclerosis. The measures pro;ides for the establishment under the ,epartment of Health +,H0- of a 'edical %annabis Regulatory Authority- hich shall regulate the medical use of cannabis in the country. It shall be headed by a ,irector#>eneral ho shall be appointed by the 2resident of the 2hilippines from the list of specialist physicians recommended by the ecretary of Health.The 'edical %annabis Regulatory Authority shall issue registered identification +I,0 cards to ualified patients after a careful re;ie of the documents reuired by the Authority and included in the implementing rules and regulations of this Act. An entity shall operate as a 'edical %annabis %ompassionate %enter +'%%%0 after appro;al of its application and registration ith the 'edical %annabis Regulatory Authority. A '%%% shall guarantee the appropriate dispensation of cannabis and shall not release more than the prescribed dosage for one month to a registered ualified patient or designated caregi;er- the bill pro;ides.Albano said he recorded use of cannabis as medicine goes bac! to about 9-?@@#@-@@@ years ago in traditional %hinese and Indian medicine.
NR # 3501JUNE 18, 2014