Philippine Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto said in an interview this week that his research on medical marijuana is far better than the ones conducted by US universities over the years.
The Senator was quoted saying in an interview with U.S. media that he commissioned a study on the risks versus benefits of medical marijuana in 2012-2013, and found that there are no real medical benefits on the use of marijuana, marijuana oil or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant.
The Senator further said that he believes that his study is far more extensive and more ‘believable’ than studies conducted by international organizations and prestigious universities in the United States. He said that this will become his basis going forward on any legalization attempts – medical or otherwise – during his tenure in the much respected Philippine Senate.
The study, conducted by researchers from the Esqälera Research Center of the prestigious Eschül Vookle University in Copenhagen, Sotto’s alma mater, involved at least 3,000 cancer participants, half of which received a bong and a year’s supply of marijuana, and the other half received a bong and dried papaya leaves. Sotto said that the findings were conclusive that neither of the two groups showed any increase in survival rates during the span of the study.
Public clamor for marijuana legalization in the Philippines has taken an upswing amid the recent recreational marijuana legalization in the United States, particularly in the states of Colorado and Washington.
Sotto, a charismatic and beloved Senator, is known for his very original exemplary speeches, one of which received rave reviews from constituents and academe, with many comparing it to Robert Kennedy’s 1966 Day of Affirmation speech, a well revered piece of America Rhetoric. Sotto holds a Doctor of Philosphy degree from Eschül Vookle University. Award-winning Philippine cinema personalites José María Ramos de León, and Sotto’s brother Marvic Castelo Sotto are some of the other famous alumni of the university.