Are weeds authorized within the Philippines?


The Philippines is an archipelago with 7,641 islands. It is a country full of breathtaking landscapes, hospitable people and unique cuisines. Lots of tourists visit the country for its beaches, and there’s nothing quite like a token while you watch the sunset. But weeds are not legal in the Philippines, and you could spend your life in jail far from home.

Recreational marijuana legalization may not come soon as the government itself is resolutely against getting high (despite the president admitting his substance abuse).

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Weed laws in the Philippines

The Philippines is currently running a “war on drugs” campaign that has killed more than ten thousand people. Because of this, the majority of the population is afraid of being classified as a “drug user”. Weeds are not legal and are listed as a List I drug in the Philippines.

This classification states that if you have more than 10 grams of hashish and 500 grams of bud, a fine of 500,000 to 10,000,000 pesetas (about $ 10,000 to $ 200,000) will be imposed. Prison time is somewhere between life in prison and the death sentence.

The fine and penalty is reduced to 400,000 to 500,000 pesetas (about $ 8,000 to 10,000 USD) and 20 years of age if you have between 5 and 10 grams of hashish or 300 to 500 grams of weed.

It is again reduced to a fine of 300,000 to 400,000 pesetas (about US $ 6,000 to 8,000) and 12 to 20 years if you have less than 5 grams of hashish and less than 300 grams of cannabis.

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The fines and penalties for using marijuana vary. If a person is caught with weeds and tests positive, they will be placed in a government rehabilitation center for 6 months (with some restrictions). If caught again, they can be sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison with a fine of 50,000 to 200,000 pesetas (approximately US $ 1,000 to 4,000).

There are even penalties for carrying weed tools. Having just one pipe can cost you 6 months to 4 years in prison, with a fine of up to 50,000 pesetas (about $ 1,000).

With a good lawyer and deep pockets, you may not have to worry about spending time in a foreign prison.

Exclusions from the law

The Food and Drug Authority allows the compassionate use of cannabis for people with serious illnesses or terminal illnesses. The law says the government will not prevent people with legitimate needs from getting the right medicines. This includes the use of marijuana for medical illnesses. Permits began in 1992, and to date only one person has been granted permission to use cannabis oil for medicinal purposes in the country. This is despite the fact that the FDA received an average of 50 applications per month.

Petition to legalize medical marijuana

Back in 2014, the Law on the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis was submitted to the Philippine Congress, seeking the legalization of medical marijuana as a means of providing a cheaper alternative to expensive medicine. The bill was criticized and rejected by senators.

CBD-containing drugs are now legal in the Philippines following an historic United Nations vote that classified marijuana as a medicinal product. However, products that contain more than 0.1 percent THC are still classified as Appendix I.

This enables the general population to use products containing CBD. While this current legislation does not provide patients with access to THC, it is a good place to start. There is still much debate over the use of THC for medicinal purposes as the government believes it will increase illegal recreational use.

Recreational use of weeds in the Philippines

Although weed has been illegal in the Philippines since 1972, it is still the second most widely used “dangerous” drug in the Philippines after methamphetamine.

A study shows the country has one of the cheapest weeds in the world, with a gram of weeds (likely local weeds) costing only about $ 5. Though take this with a heavy grain of salt. Weeds are cheap in the Philippines, and local weeds are pretty good if you have a decent source, although a gram of tall or exotic varieties could cost you $ 30.

Overall, the Philippines has cheap local weeds, but if you’re looking for good California nuggets, be prepared for a ridiculous price.

When comparing the Philippines to other Southeast Asian countries, the likelihood that weeds will legally appear there first is slim. Right now, owning or consuming cannabis in the Philippines is a very bad idea.

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Beth Edmonds