December 21, 2010 Philippines - Medical marijuana advocates in Philippines are now pushing the way for the legalization of marijuana in the country. A non-government organization called Philippines Organization for the Reform of marijuana Laws (PORMAL) said that cannabis has been proven to be effective for the treatment of vomiting, PMS, lack of appetite, unintentional weight loss, and nausea. Other effects of hemp also include the treatment of pain, asthma, glaucoma, spasticity, and more.
The group said that marijuana, compared to other drugs or medicines has lots of applications but without the dangerous side effects. They further added that with the limited source of renewable resources right now, cannabis can be the solution. If marijuana will be industrialized, problems on poisons, chemicals, and pollution can be reversed.
PORMAL said that the reason why marijuana was made illegal in the country was because it could have competed with oil as a material used to produce synthetics and as a result, can bring down many businesses. ďmarijuana was made illegal not because itís dangerous - itís simply not dangerous; but because billionaires want to stay billionaires.
On the other hand, Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Dionisio Santiago is opposed to PORMALís idea. He said that even if marijuana will be a prescribed drug, the chance for it being abused by users is high. Former head of the Dangerous Drug Board Sen. Vicente Sotto, III is also against PORMALís advocacy. He said that the group is completely wrong, and theyíre misguided. Sotto challenged PORMAL to submit factual data to prove their claims that cannabis is beneficial.
The group aims to responsibly spread information on the proper and responsible use of marijuana and marijuana products and finally, legally push for the decriminalization of cannabis use.