Secretary Duque offered that he supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes provided it is for “limited application” and more importantly, done under a “very strict research setting.”

Like the experts from the University of the Philippines-Manila who are part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to study the proposed measure, the Health chief agreed there was really no need for a law, citing national policies and mechanisms were already in place so people can access cannabis for very narrow applications.