Thursday, December 23, 2010

A closer look at marijuana

Cannabis sativa--popularly known as marijuana or hemp-- is legally used in Belgium, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, and 14 states in the US for its medicinal value.
In the Philippines, marijuana remains taboo and illegal.
A non-government organization in the country--called the Philippine Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Pormal)--is pushing for marijuana's legal use.
According to an article from Pormal's Website, marijuana can be used to treat many symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome and lack of appetite.
The article also cited that marijuana-based drugs could be useful in treating psychological conditions like alcoholism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorders, childhood mental disorders, depression, among others.
GMANews.TV failed to contact the people behind the Website but found a Facebook fan page. The author of the said article named Zion, did not leave any contact detail. Likewise, the NGO is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
When asked to comment, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Dionisio Santiago was opposed to the decriminalization of cannabis because of the possibility that it might be used widely throughout the archipelago.
However, Santiago said that he is open to listen to Pormal's arguments.
Former head of the Dangerous Drugs Board and now Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, challenged Pormal's claims of marijuana's beneficial effects.
Sotto told GMANews.TV, "That group is misguided. They’re completely wrong. That’s probably just a gimmick."
Watch the attached YouTube video to learn more about this issue.

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