P15-M marijuana uprooted in Kalinga

In its efforts to win the battle against illegal drugs, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cordillera scored anew after eradicating a marijuana plantation in the province of Kalinga.


PDEA-Cordillera information officer Joseph Calulut said the eradication was led by PDEA agents, together with PDEA-Ilocos and Philippine Army, at Sitios Talin and Pugo, Tulgao West, Tinglayan town last October 27 following a tip from concerned citizens.

The anti-drug operation resulted to the destruction of 74,452 fully-grown marijuana plants that were cultivated from 13,057 square meters of land, with an estimated worth of P15,310,000.

No marijuana cultivator was arrested. "This successful operation is a result of our continuing engagement with the community in Kalinga who informed us of this plantation site to which, after days of intelligence work, we confirmed its location and conducted the operation," Calulut said.

The operation dubbed as "Oplan Chill" was enforced a few weeks after the House Committee on Health endorsed House Bill Number 180 or the proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act which proposes the legalization and regulation of the medical marijuana.

"PDEA is inclined towards the passing of House Bill No. 180 and eventually its enactment into law. However, control measures and regulations on the medical use of cannabis are highly needed to ensure the patient’s safety and prevent its use for recreational purposes,” Calulut added.

PDEA is continuously monitoring previous marijuana plantation sites in the Cordillera to ensure a non-resurgence.

By Jonathan Llanes @sunstaronline


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