Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan said he is fully supporting the passage of the medical marijuana bill.
The Benguet politiko said medical marijuana will be beneficial to many patients.
But Cosalan said the proposed bill must have the necessary safeguards.
“The law have already been passed in the Lower House and is now on the part of the Senate, but I have doubts if it would pass with the presence of Senator Tito Sotto who have expressed the non-passage of the law in the Upper House,” he said.
“As far as our local concern, I believe the passage of the marijuana bill in the Senate would help a lot in the Province of Benguet since the main and best source of marijuana in the whole of South East Asia are found in the try boundaries of Benguet, La Union and Ilocos area,” Cosalan said.
The Benguet Representative said the United States has already legalized marijuana.
“Unlike in the States, the production of marijuana is being dictated by the federal government. If you were ordered to produce 100 kilos which would have to be registered and planted in a specific area, then it should only be 100 kilos,” Cosalan said.