PRESIDENT Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s decision to reject the legalization of medical marijuana was hailed by the party-list group Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (BUHAY).
“The President has demonstrated correct political leadership in throwing out the bill seeking to legalize medical marijuana,” said House senior Deputy Minority Leader and BUHAY Rep. Lito Atienza.
“Now that the President has spoken, we reckon that nobody will be foolish enough to introduce a similar measure in the next Congress,” Atienza, former three-term mayor of Manila, said.
“The President’s case is consistent with our view that legalization (of medical marijuana) is bound to open a ‘Pandora’s box’ of drug abuse that can lead to an unwanted public health emergency, not to mention another law enforcement problem,” Atienza said.
Duterte on Friday said he would not legalize medical marijuana in the country as it can be misused for purposes other than to treat ailments.
The President also said that drug traffickers can exploit medical marijuana to further expand their illegal trade.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) previously tagged at least 96 “narco-politicians” across the country.
Atienza himself earlier warned that a number of unnamed politicians are raring to profit from medical marijuana by running dispensaries.