The cultivation and recreational use of marijuana and its derivatives are still prohibited as its abuse brings negative health and social impacts, the Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) said, reacting to the recent decision of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to remove it from the most dangerous category of drugs.
Voting 27 in favor, 25 against, and one abstention, the CND’s 53 member-states removed marijuana from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
The DDB, however, said it still has jurisdiction over how to classify marijuana in the Philippines.
“Many countries refer to the UN conventions for policy guidance and implementation. However, the decision will have no immediate impact in terms of loosening international controls and other flexibilities because governments will still have jurisdiction over how to classify cannabis at the domestic level,” it said.
“In terms of international control, what is apparently clear is that cannabis is no longer listed in Schedule IV or the category of dangerous drugs with no medicinal value. This is seen to pave the way for the conduct of more researches or studies on the medical use of cannabis,” the DDB added.
Also, the DDB said that while it approved “in principle” a resolution allowing cannabidiol, its use in the Philippines will still need the required permits and licenses from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). SOVEREIGNPH