Medical Marijuana Can Contribute to Economy, Gov’t Projects — Robin Padilla

Medical marijuana can contribute to economy, gov’t projects — Robin Padilla

MANILA, Philippines — Medical marijuana can contribute to the country’s economy and government projects as it can generate taxes, Senator Robin Padilla said on Monday.

Padilla noted that the country would need a P5.268-trillion budget next year. Hence, proposing to refer his speech to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means to deliberate on medical marijuana’s economic viability, feasibility, and benefits.

“Kailangan po nating palaguin ang ating ekonomiya at sa puntong ito, malaki po ang maiaambag ng industriya ng medical cannabis na tuloy-tuloy po ang pag-usbong sa iba’t ibang dako ng mundo,” he said during his privilege speech at the Senate plenary session.

(We need to grow our economy; at this point, the medical cannabis industry, which continuously rises in other parts of the world, can significantly contribute to it.)

“Panahon na po para tayo naman ang magpunla ng sariling atin. Tandaan po natin ang kasabihan: kapag may itinanim, may aanihin,” the neophyte senator continued.

Last year, the sales of medical cannabis worldwide reached $37.4 billion, Padilla noted.

During the plenary session on September 12, Sen. Robin Padilla pushes for the legalization of medical cannabis, the idea of which was first put forward in 2014, as one of the sources of income to fund government projects. Photo credit/Senate PRIB

He added that other countries used taxes from medical marijuana to build schools.

Citing the legal use of medical marijuana in 70 other nations, Padilla pushed for a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the Philippines and sell it at an affordable cost for patients needing it.

“Kaya naman po pinupursigi natin ang pagpapasa ng batas na partikular sa legal na access ng medical cannabis dahil ito po ang direksyong nararapat nating tahakin kung sisilipin natin ang mga benepisyong hatid nito gamit ang lente ng kalusugan at ekonomiya,” he said.

(We are pushing for a bill that legalizes the use of medical cannabis because this is the right path if we look at it through the lens of health and economy.)

The use of medical marijuana is among the priority measures of Padilla.

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