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Atienza slams politikos backing medical marijuana: Gusto niyo lang kumita!

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza believes the politikos who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes are motivated by money.

In a statement, Atienza accused the pro-medical marijuana lawmakers of wanting to go into the business of cultivating the illegal drug and running dispensaries.

“There are politicians who want to profit from legalized medical marijuana. This is clearly all about money – lots of money,” he said.

Atienza claimed some lawmakers in favor of medical marijuana have traveled to Canada and the Unted States to look into the operations of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The lawmaker maintained that the marijuana’s susceptibility to abuse far outweighs any and all of the unproven benefits of allowing prescription marijuana.

“Marijuana is a poison. No amount of sugar-coating will make the illegal drug less toxic,” Atienza said.

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