Pope Francis came out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs on Friday. The pontiff told members of a drug enforcement conference meeting in Rome that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”
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“Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise,” he told participants at the International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome.
The Pope’s call isn’t shocking. Francis has spoken of the dangers of drug use before.
But it lends his voice and the authority of the Catholic Church to the growing worldwide debate over legalizing or at least decriminalizing some recreational drugs, most notably marijuana.
Not that his opinion will have much influence on Florida’s medical marijuana referendum — the first step, if Colorado and Washington are reliable barometers, down the path to outright legalization. It’s been years since American Catholics invited the church into the voting booth.