[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]MARIJUANA IMAGES DISPLAY BAN EYED
by Rene Genvoe, (Source:Visayan Daily Star)
[/FONT]writeNewsItems();[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]23 Oct 2006
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Philippines
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Starting this December or January next year, people in Dumaguete City wearing T-shirts, baseball caps or backpacks with printed images of illegal drugs will be apprehended and either fined or imprisoned.
The ban will start once the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Noel de Jesus is approved.
De Jesus, in his resolution, said the local government unit has the duty to protect the morality of society, particularly the youth, against the eroding influence of drug abuse.
He said many parents and other concerned people are in consternation especially during trade fairs or annual celebrations, when items or things that display pictures and emblems of certain dangerous drugs or illegal substances are sold indiscriminately.
De Jesus said "Many have seen and grumbled at the brazenness of some expensive motor vehicles plying the city streets whose sides or tinted windows are posted with stickers bearing the picture or design of marijuana leaf."
He added that even motorcabs-for-hire roaming the city also display the graphic images. The symbols are also seen on T-shirts, jewelry, baseball caps, backpacks, scarves and other materials that people wear suggesting a total disregard of prudence and serves mainly to glorify the use of prohibited drugs, De Jesus pointed out.
But there are exceptions when the display of images or symbols of dangerous drugs is allowed.
These are when the image bears a caption that identifies the substance as dangerous drugs; if it is used for scientific pursuit and educational exercises; and during dangerous drugs education campaigns, De Jesus said.
The fine ranges between P500 and P1,000 for the first offense, a 60-day community service for the second offense, and both fine and imprisonment of not less than six months for the third offense.
De Jesus said proprietors or managers of commercial or business establishments found violating the ordinance will also be held liable.
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