By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has maintained its position of limiting marijuana use only for medical use and not for any other purposes.
Derrick Carreon, PDEA spokesman, issued the statement as he supported the position of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
During the question and answer portion of the Miss Universe pageant, Gray said she supports marijuana use for medical cure and not for recreational purposes.
Experts said her response on the question posed by host Steve Harvey earned her a spot in the Top, and eventually catapulted her to the Miss Universe 2018 crown.
“Miss Universe herself said no to recreational use, and that is our same stand. Because recreational use is those who consume the plant or any part of it,” Carreon said told reporters.
“If you are a doctor, you don’t say to the patient you take one stick of marijuana a day. It is not the case. You don’t use the plant or part of it for medicine. It is in controlled amount, extracted, in a tablet, capsule or vial. If it is a case, a medical preparation, served with minimal amounts, then logically there is good use for it because it has already been proven in certain studies,” he added.
At present marijuana is still a banned substance in the country.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and PDEA agreed in lowering the age of criminal liability of the youth.
But agencies said it is up to the experts to determine the age of criminal liability of the youth offenders.
They also want parents of young illegal drug offenders to be held criminally liable and be charged for their children’s offenses.
But if this happens, there will be no one left to care for the children of the incarcerated parents.
With this in mind, the PNP and PDEA are strengthening their program to address the issue.
Records show that from July, 2016 to November, 2018, 1,861 youths were rescued from the illegal drug den, with 1,000 of them being labelled as drug pushers or runners.