By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker and Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza on Sunday declared that the proposal to legalize medical marijuana is dead.
In a statement, Atienza said the measure will only create a “pandemic of psychotic disorders”.
“As far as we’re concerned, the bill proposing to grant Filipinos right of access to medical marijuana is dead,” said Atienza dismissing the measure as a “smokescreen” for marijuana’s eventual legalization for recreational use.
Atienza said legalizing marijuana will only create another problem for the country.
“We are already being overwhelmed by a shabu epidemic that is destroying the lives of many Filipino families and fostering corruption everywhere,” Atienza added.
He said that many states in America where marijuana were legalized “are now reeling not only from gruesome mass shootings and gun violence, but also from horrific road accidents.”
Few days ago, Atienza said a New York federal judge strolling in a sidewalk was killed in a hit-and-run incident.
“And the severely agitated driver involved was so high in medical marijuana paramedics had to calm her down with 400 milligrams of the powerful anesthetic Ketamine,” he added.
Marijuana users, the solon added lose touch with reality and suffer from psychotic episodes wherein they start seeing, hearing and believing things that are not real.
“Marijuana is a highly toxic and dangerous drug. Even worse, it is a gateway drug that can easily lure young Filipinos to experiment on other narcotics, such as ecstasy and shabu,” Atienza stressed.