Monday, November 29, 2004 THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is not in favor of legalizing marijuana, saying it would be open to abuse. Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez said he does not favor the legalization of marijuana on a wholesale scale, because it would lead to drug addiction of many if the government allows it to be sold openly. Gonzalez told The Manila Times that although marijuana could be used for medical purposes, its bad effects should be considered more than the good effects. “I am not in favor of the legalization of marijuana on a wholesale scale for it could be subject to abuses,” Gonzalez said. He said it is the first time that Congress will consider the legalization of an illegal drug, like marijuana. Gonzalez was a three-term congressman of Iloilo before getting the post of Justice Secretary on September 1, 2004. Earlier, Rep. Solomon Chungalao of Ifugao filed a bill seeking the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. Rep. Mikey Arroyo of Pampanga indicated he would support the bill. Arroyo said he was willing to back the bill provided its good uses are supported by studies from medical authorities, the academe and the law enforcement. Some studies said marijuana could be an alternative medicine for terminal cancer patients suffering from chronic pain.