Atienza warns Duterte vs passing marijuana bill: ‘Sige ka, hihina ang drug war mo!’

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza discouraged President Rodrigo Duterte from signing the medical marijuana bill if it hurdles Congress.

Speaking at the “The Truth About Marijuana” forum, Atienza cautioned Duterte that the administration’s vigorous campaign against illegal drugs might be weakened if the measure is passed.

“Mr. President, the campaign will be undermined, it will lose speed, it will lose credibility, ‘pag pinirmahan mo ‘yang batas na ‘yan. Ibig sabihin hindi totoo ‘yang kampanya n’yo,” the former Manila politiko said.

Atienza said he would not hesitate to seek an audience with Duterte if the House of Representatives and the Senate would pass counterpart bills on medical marijuana.

“If this measure is approved by the lower house and if by chance, the Senate [approves a counterpart bill] pumunta tayo kay Presidente Duterte,” he said.

The House committee on health approved in September House Bill 6517 or the proposed “Philippine Medical Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act,” which would allow access to marijuana for medical purposes.

Oppositors of the bill said there is no need to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes saying that there are already medicines in the market that have marijuana component.