LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) burned an estimated P2.7-billion worth of fully-grown marijuana (cannabis) plants from a plantation in Tingalayan, Kalinga.
The plants were burned during the visit of PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet.
The leaves of illegally-grown cannabis plants, called "juts" or "damo" in the Philippines and "weed" or "pot" in the United States, are usually rolled in paper to make joints which are smoked to achieve a feeling of euphoria.
While recreational and medical use of the plant is legal in some states in the US, the Philippines remains steadfast in prohibiting its use under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The law punishes cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana as well as marijuana resin or resin oil.