The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has issued a stern warning to citizens using marijuana as medicine that any and all uses of pot remain illegal. 

During a Philippine Medical Association forum, DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag explained, "The law is the law. A [pot] user is a user is a user. No matter how you use it, marijuana is prohibited by law so you can be risking criminal charges."

The nation's Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 also outlaws pot resin and oil products and carries a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of up to P10 million for mere possession. 

Tayag's statement comes in the wake of medical marijuana advocacy groups increasingly calling for the federal government to allow patients access to pot. The only alternative presently for Filipinos is to petition the government's Dangerous Drugs Board for clearance to use medicinal cannabis.