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Pope Francis Says He is Opposed to Legalizing Drugs for Recreational Use


Pope Francis told participants at an international drug enforcement conference he is opposed to legalizing marijuana and other drugs for recreational use.

“The scourge of drug use continues to spread inexorably, fed by a deplorable commerce which transcends national and continental borders,” he said on Friday. “Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called ‘recreational drugs,’ are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce desired effects.”

This is not the first time Pope Francis has spoken out against drug legalization, Newsweek reports. Speaking in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last year, he said, “A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addiction will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug use. Rather, it is necessary to confront the problems underlying the use of these drugs, by promoting greater justice, educating young people in the values that build up life in society, accompanying those in difficulty and giving them hope for the future.”

He has visited with people struggling with drug addiction both as Pope and when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the article notes.

2 Responses to this article

  1. John Smith / June 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    The pope is not in a position to decide that kind of thing. What does the pope have to do with United States any way? Either way I think his opposition is a bad call. It’s a almost certain thing that the United States will almost have to accept cannabis for recreational use. Think about it, what harm comes from calm people who smoke it? It’s actually a quite beneficial plant. It saved my grandpa’s life and my cousin no longer has asthma, depression, and his speech impediment is almost gone. I would vote to pass the law for recreational use.

  2. Susan McKeown / June 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    It is encouraging and refreshing to hear a respected world leader take a stance on this serious issue that has far reaching implications for future generation.

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