Priest opposes legalization of medical marijuana

A Catholic church leader believes the legalization of marijuana, even for medical purposes, can lead to abuse and more dangerous activities.

Father Dan Cansino, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Health Care, said: “Now it (marijuana) is illegal, it is being abused. What more if it is legalized and being sold in the market, more abuses can happen. And all we know, using marijuana has different effects in one’s body and mentality.”

Cansino said he expects the legalization of marijuana will worsen the problem of illegal drugs and will result to an increase in crime.

“A person can do something bad if drugs affect his mind,” the priest said.

Cansino was reacting to the plan of Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III and the House minority to push the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis (marijuana) Act.

The bill provides for the legalization and regulation of  the medical use of marijuana which would be sold under close supervision by the Department of Health (DOH).

Proponents of the bill claim that marijuana has beneficial and therapeutic uses to treat chronic or debilitating disease and other ailments.

But Cansino said the lawmakers should carefully study the proposed measure because it will encourage illegal drug use and lead to more crimes.

Instead of marijuana, the priest suggested to look for other alternative medicines that can  cure the same ailments.

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