A member of the Philippine Congress has earned the tag ‘Congressman Marijuana’ for his authorship of a law legalizing use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Firing at Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano, the Alliance of Anti-Drug Advocates (AAA) came short of calling the solon as a ‘drug lord’ for opening a potential floodgate for widespread public addiction to marijuana (cannabis), a narcotic weed banned by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).
AAA president Salvador Jovita said: “While marijuana is acknowledged to have medical benefits, legalizing it for medical use could spawn illegal production in hinterland districts.”
In the medical front, Albano’s marijuana bill has also created a storm.
Doctors say modern medicine has found cures to diseases and legalizing marijuana is a throwback to the old ages.
Echoing the woes of AAA, doctors say legalizing marijuana for medical use would not prevent massive illegal production by drug dealers.
Before the advent of the synthetic drug shabu (amphetamine), the favorite drug of addicts, marijuana was the poor man’s drug in the Philippines.
Philippine police authorities say about 90 percent of villages in the country are infiltrated by shabu drug dealers.
With marijuana competing with shabu, a ‘Congressman Marijuana’ should think a thousand times before pushing such kind of a dangerous bill that would only add to the current widespread drug addiction in the country, said Jovita, who heads the broad alliance of anti-illegal drug groups.