Huwag dito mag-adik! Atienza tells pro-marijuana solons to migrate to Canada


Politikos who are pushing for the legalization of marijuana in the country should just migrate to Canada, Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said.

“They are free to smoke as much poison as they want in Canada,” Atienza, the senior deputy minority leader, said.

“There’s nothing we can do if other countries want to destroy themselves and turn their citizens into zombie-like creatures,” he said.

The former Manila mayor vowed to block moves to decriminalize marijuana even for medical use.

“But here, we will fight tooth and nail any and all initiatives to decriminalize marijuana, whether for supposed medical or recreational purposes,” he said.

Canada is set to create a legal market for marijuana after lawmakers there passed a bill allowing the recreational use of the drug known to contain brain-altering chemicals that change perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behavior.

The World Health Organization considers marijuana a toxic and harmful substance that produces a dangerous dependency in users.

Atienza has been fighting to suppress the passage of House Bill (HB) 6517, or the proposed Act Providing Filipinos Right of Access to Medical Marijuana or Cannabis.

The bill is now subject to floor debate after it was endorsed by the House committee on health for plenary approval.

“There’s no point in legalizing medical marijuana because the Dangerous Drugs Board already allows specially licensed Filipino physicians to prescribe, when needed, highly potent pain killers such as morphine and Fentanyl,” the politiko stressed.

At present, marijuana is classified as a prohibited substance, just like shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride, cocaine and heroin, under the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.