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Rappler's latest stories on medical marijuana


[OPINION] The morality tale of cannabis sativa

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Now is a good time for Filipinos to finally arrive at a sound collective understanding of marijuana as a gift from the plant world

Lesotho now Africa's medical cannabis pioneer

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Cannabis – referred here as 'green gold' – is grown legally by the Lesotho-based company Medigrow and is regulated by the government

Green gold

U.S. teen arrested in Russia for medical marijuana

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Audrey Elise Lorber 'kept the narcotic substance for her personal use' but the US use permit 'is not valid on Russian territory,' says Saint Petersburg's courts press service

Thailand to begin testing medical marijuana on patients

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace medical marijuana though recreational use remains illegal

MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Cannabis plants in bloom. File photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Duterte says he'll never legalize medical marijuana

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Back in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed openness to legalizing medical marijuana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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House passes bill legalizing medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The bill's approval on final reading is not surprising – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses marijuana patches to ease pain when she's in countries where it is legal

'HIGH TIME.' Lawmakers approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

4 Senate bets back legalization of medical marijuana

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Senate bets Chel Diokno, JV Ejercito, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Sergio Osmeña III, in CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, back the legalization of medical marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The bill on medical cannabis has a long way to go before becoming law

Polish lawmakers legalize medicinal marijuana

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Poland follows in the steps of the Czech Republic Finland the Netherlands Portugal Spain as well as 23 US states and Uruguay which in 2013 became the first country to make cannabis entirely legal

Mexican lawmakers OK marijuana for medicinal purposes

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The legislation also allows use of marijuana for scientific research The bill will now go to President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks – US report

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Risks of cannabis use include the possibility of triggering a heart attack but more research is needed to understand whether and how cannabis use is associated with heart attack stroke and diabetes

Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Senators vote 98 7 for the legislation moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses

A man rolls a joint during a demonstration demanding the approval of the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in front of the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City on September 28, 2016. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Duterte open to legalization of medical marijuana

Oct 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The President has no problem with legalizing cannabis for medical purposes if the Food and Drug Administration gives the greenlight

THOUGHTS ON MARIJUANA. President Duterte says he is open to legalizing medical marijuana if the FDA gives its approval. Photo by ROBINSON NIN‘AL/Presidential Photo

Germany to legalize medicinal cannabis – minister

May 04, 2016 - 12:31 AM

The draft bill comes as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis use and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity to ease suffering from cancer glaucoma HIV or AIDS Hepatitis C Parkinson s disease and other conditions

MEDICAL CANNABIS. 'Legalize it' is written on the side of a giant joint during a demonstration to demand the legalization of cannabis, in Berlin, Germany, August 8, 2015. File photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

'Grown in Washington': The marijuana farms near US power hub

May 02, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The United States marijuana market is estimated to reach 22 billion in 2020 – nearly 5 times its value in 2014

The canopy of a marijuana crop is seen at Alternative Solutions, a DC area medical marijuana producer, April 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Security cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place, an old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House housing one of the few legal marijuana farms in the US capital. Alternative Solutions is one of seven facilities in Washington authorized to grow medical marijuana for nearly 3,700 local patients.  / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Elodie MAZEIN, "'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub"

Legalize medical marijuana? 'No, but let's talk' – Santiago

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Santiago who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014 says she has never thought of using medical marijuana

Screengrab from ABS-CBN

Site takedown, new AFP chief, medical marijuana | 6PM wRap

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:05 PM

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Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto s decision to send landmark legislation to Congress is the result of a national debate on cannabis laws

MEDICAL MARIJUANAN. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a bill during an event in which he announced a proposal to legalize medical marijuana and further ease restrictions on personal consumption, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 21, 2016. Photo by Alex Cruz/EPA

Whoopi Goldberg gets into pot business

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Whoopi Goldberg is branching out into the cannabis business with a line of medical marijuana products for women

WHOOPI GOLDBERG. Whoopi Goldberg has partnered with Maya Elisabeth, the founder of Om Edibles, to make products designed to provide relief for menstrual cramps under the Whoopi & Maya brand. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Israel sees heady future for medical marijuana

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:30 AM

In 2015 Israeli doctors prescribed the herb to about 25 000 patients suffering from cancer epilepsy post traumatic stress and degenerative diseases

#EDSA30, PH eagle shot in Davao, medical marijuana | 12PM wRap

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:33 PM

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Australia set to legalize growing of medicinal marijuana

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:29 AM

Allowing the cultivation of legal medicinal cannabis crops in Australia under strict controls strikes the right balance between patient access community protection and our international obligations says Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

Medical marijuana advocates: Hold tests to end 'doomsday' fears

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Advocates of House Bill 4477 say the issue is no longer about the medical benefits of marijuana but a question of implementation and regulation in the Philippines

FOR MEDICAL USES. Eight-year-old Sachi Ballesteros suffers seizures. His father, Romeo, calls for the passage of HB 4477. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Why Catholic Church OKs marijuana for the terminally ill

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:00 PM

While allowing the use of marijuana for the terminally ill Catholic bishops in the Philippines deny supporting a proposed medical marijuana bill

TOP BISHOP. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, shown here in a recent Mass, says the Catholic Church allows the use of marijuana for terminally-ill patients. Photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

House forms technical working group on medical marijuana bill

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Advocates say the creation of the technical working group is an important step toward the passage of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill but the Dangerous Drugs Board thinks the bill is unnecessary

Legalizing medical marijuana: 'Listen to patients'

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Can doctors support the legalization of medical marijuana in good faith?

'LISTEN TO PATIENTS.' Junice Melgar (L), Manuel Teehankee (C), and Malou Tiquia (R) are the adjudicators of the inter-university debate on legalizing medical marijuana held Tuesday, June 9 at the House of Representative. Photo by Kristine Pauline Ongtengco

Inter-university debate on legalization of medical marijuana

May 30, 2015 - 4:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: This interactive exhibition debate serves to generate discourse and create awareness on House Bill No 4477 or The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act

PH doctors say no to medical marijuana bill

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Medical groups oppose House Bill 4477 which they say is contrary to the policy of the state to safeguard the well being of its citizenry

DOCTORS SAY NO. Medical doctors led by Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dra. Minerva Calimag show the signed joint statement of the medical community opposing the proposed House Bill 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill, which allows the use of medicinal marijuana in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH doctors want task force on medical marijuana

Oct 02, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Various medical groups say that regulation of medical marijuana should be left to the Food and Drug Administration

PH bishops OK marijuana use for the terminally ill

Jul 07, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says such use of marijuana would fall under church rules and may even be approved by government without passing a law

MARIJUANA BUST. A file dated 26 April 2007 shows Philippine Army troops and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents carrying marijuana plants (cannabis) seized from a plantation in Loccong Tinglayan village, Kalinga province in the northern Philippines. Toots Soberano/EPA

Solon: Let's start talking about medical marijuana

Jun 19, 2014 - 2:06 PM

A bill recently filed by Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III seeks to regulate but not decriminalize marijuana

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May 28, 2014 - 9:31 PM

Some of the wealthiest lawmakers in the Philippines are from the poorest regions The Senate will release Benhur Luy’s files on kickback pay offs A congressman files a bill seeking to legalize medical marijuana

Bill on medical use of marijuana filed in Congress

May 28, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The bill seeks to establish under the health department a Medical Cannabis Regulatory Authority that will regulate the medical use of cannabis in the country

Canada vending machines pop out marijuana

May 17, 2014 - 10:13 AM

The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was effectively legalized in Canada in 1999 and its use has been expanded through a series of court challenges

VENDING MACHINES. Medical dispensaries in Canada are relatively new. Screenshot from Global News

Sotto: Legalizing marijuana evil, disaster

Feb 19, 2014 - 6:46 PM

The former Dangerous Drugs Board head says: You don’t declare a nuclear bomb legal just because a small component of it can be used to light up your house

When medicines fail, marijuana is moms' last hope

Feb 02, 2014 - 1:19 PM

A group of Filipino mothers is seeking access to medical marijuana in the country

NY governor authorizes medical marijuana

Jan 09, 2014 - 2:27 PM

Cuomo argues that research has suggested marijuana can help patients manage the pain and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses

SOON LEGAL IN NY? Photo dated July 27, 2012 of a bud of Maui Afghooey marijuana displayed at the PureLife Alternative Wellness Center in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Files

New York may allow medical marijuana use: report

Jan 05, 2014 - 8:48 AM

The New York Times reports Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to announce the new guideline next week in an executive action

SOON LEGAL IN NY? Photo dated July 27, 2012 of a bud of Maui Afghooey marijuana displayed at the PureLife Alternative Wellness Center in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Files

Colorado leads legal marijuana experiment with fears, hopes

Jun 26, 2013 - 2:30 PM

The move still constitutes one of the largest ever experiments in drug legalization in US history and no one in Denver or elsewhere knows how it will play out

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan