CBCP: We don’t advocate recreational marijuana use

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President

MANILA, July 7, 2014– The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines came out strong Monday against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

However, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that they could not issue a “blanket rejection of medical marijuana for medical purposes.

He reiterated that Catholic health ethics consider as morally justifiable the use of marijuana for medical use.

“We do not advocate use of marijuana,” Villegas said. “We only refer to terminally ill patients to minimize their pain especially if they prepare for their death.”

The archbishop was responding to a question, during a press conference in Manila, about the church’s position on a proposal in Congress to legalize marijuana cultivation in the country for medical use.

According to him, the country does not even need a law for marijuana use to assist patients on whom no medication is possible except prohibited drugs.

“We don’t even need a law because the present law allows it already,” Villegas said.

He cited provisions of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002, that defends such use of prohibited drugs in exceptional cases.

“All we need to do is to identify which of them may be used,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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