Dr. Donnabel Cunanan, a dentist and mother of an epileptic child, said their group just wants legal access to medical marijuana in the country for sick people who might benefit from it.
Cunan said that her child has a partial seizure disorder, an illness which synthetic drugs can’t cure.
"Lahat po ng mga kamag-anak namin, saksi sa paghihirap namin na palagi pa rin pong nagsi-seizure ang anak namin even with two medications. So dahil po dito delayed na delayed po ang anak ko, di po nakakalakad, di po siya nakakasalita. Palagi ko po siyang isinusugod [sa ospital] na walang malay, parang patay, nakatulala," she said.
Meanwhile Cecil Cerda of the same group said her 7-year-old child has been suffering from seizure for 6 years and has been declared "retarded" by doctors.
Cerda said they already tried different kinds of medicine but the illness of her child remains.
"[Ang anak ko po ay] 7 years old, 6 years nang nagsa-suffer bilang epileptic na bata. Maskit sabihin, masakit pakinggan pero na-diagnose na po siya na mentally retarded na siya. So kaya gusto ko po, bilang isang magulang, na subukan itong medical marijuana dahil lahat na po nasubukan na namin. Andami-dami na po niyang gamot. Siguro kung iisa-isahin ko po, nakakapitong gamot na kami [sa] trial and error," she said.
Cunanan, Cerda and the rest of the moms from the group are calling on the government, specifically lawmakers, to at least study the proposal for people to have legal access to medical marijuana.
While members of the group have found an ally in Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano and the Department of Health (DOH), Iligan City Representative Vicente Belmonte, Jr., chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs, said he doesn't believe in the medicinal value of cannabis.
According to the organization Foundation for a Drug-Free World, marijuana is banned in many countries because of its side effects such as palpitation, dizziness, confusion, depression, panic attack, anxiety and birth defects.
Meanwhile, according to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can
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