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Philippines to legalize use of marijuana?
FOR the first time in the history of Philippine laws, legalizing the use of marijuana was discussed Friday by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
Marijuana is considered a prohibited substance under the Philippines' Dangerous Drugs Act. Users and pushers are both liable under the Philippine laws.
"It's prohibited under the Dangerous Drugs Act. It will remain as such until Congress amends it otherwise," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters.
Valte said unless Congress amends the law, Malacañang does not see the Philippines going the way of some states in the United States in legalizing the use of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.
She said that while it is up to Congress whether to amend the present law to legalize marijuana, the substance will continue to be banned in the Philippines.
Valte stressed Philippine law enforcers will continue to enforce the Dangerous Drugs Act, which outlaws the drug.
"As of the moment, the Executive department implements the law as it is," she said.
Colorado in the Unites had had recently legalized the use of marijuana.