By Roel T. Amazona
CATBALOGAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PNA) – Las Piñas lone district Rep. Mark Villar has expressed opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana, saying that it should not be prioritized by lawmakers.
In an interaction with local media in this province on Thursday, the lawmaker said that its legalization will aggravate the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Legalization of medical marijuana is being pushed by Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III through House Bill 4477 entitled “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act” which earns support from several lawmakers at the Lower House.
“We have problems in illegal drug and if we legalize the use of marijuana even for medication this may contribute to this problem. It will put us to danger,” Villar said.
“With so many problem that we are facing today, I guess that issue should not be our priority,” he added.
Villar visited the province of Samar where he was welcomed by Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan-de los Santos and Vice-Governor Stephen James Tan for the ceremonial turn-over of school chairs made by Villar Foundation from recycled plastics. He also distributed seedlings and fertilizers to upland farmers here. (PNA)