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63% of Filipinos back legalizing medical marijuana, survey reveals

More than half of Filipinos support the legalization of medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes and believe that it could provide relief to patients that conventional medicine failed.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by Capstone-Intel Corp. from August 1-10, 2023, 63% of Filipinos are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.

The survey had 1,205 respondents between the age of 18 and 75 years old.

According to Capstone-Intel, support for medical marijuana is strongest in the Davao region with 71% saying they were in favor of legalizing it, followed by Soccsargen with 69% and the National Capital Region at 68%.

Opposition to it was strongest in the Ilocos region with 58% of respondents saying they were against it.

Some 62% agree that the legalization of medical marijuana could provide relief to patients that conventional medicine has failed but 84% said more research is needed to understand the benefits and risks of medical marijuana.

Some 85% said the use of medical marijuana should be regulated to ensure quality, safety, and dosage control and 83% said it should be restricted to those with documented medical conditions or symptoms.

Some 85% said there is a need to increase awareness on the issue of legalizing marijuana.

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