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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

Pope Francis speaks against legalization of marijuana, narcotics saying ‘addiction is an evil’

Pope Francis spoke out against the legalization of recreational drugs at a drug enforcement conference in Rome. The Holy Seestated his opinion that drugs “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.” 
 
Pope Francis I donkeyhotey“Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!”

“Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise. To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem,” he added.

“Here I would reaffirm what I have stated on another occasion: No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that,” he said.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he ministered to recovering addicts and has spoken many times about the megative results associated with more access to narcotics: social inequality and limited opportunities for youth. 

He added that “to ensure young people did not fall prey to drugs, society had to say “‘yes’ to life, ‘yes’ to love, ‘yes’ to others, ‘yes’ to education, ‘yes’ to greater job opportunities…If we say ‘yes’ to all these things, there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction.”

“The scourge of drug use continues to spread inexorably, fed by a deplorable commerce which transcends national and continental borders,” he said.

On Friday, New York prepared on Friday to pass measures that should lead to its becoming the 23rd U.S. state to allow medical use of marijuana.

Reuters noted that Uruguay, which has already legalized the production and sale of cannabis, also said it would also allow doctors to prescribe the drug to treat certain conditions.

“Attempts, however limited, to legalize so-called ‘recreational drugs’, are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects,” the pope said.

While the verdict is still inconclusive: overall crime has fallen on Colorado where they legalized pot as sumarized by AllGov.com:

Homicides went down from 17 to 8 (a 53% drop), automobile break-ins from 2,317 to 1,477 (down 36%) and sexual assaults from 110 to 95 (down 14%). Overall, violent and property crimes dropped more than 10% from last year to this year during the first quarter.

Two types of property crime did go up—arson from 20 incidents to 47 (a 135% jump) and larceny from 2,133 to 2,287 (up 7%).

Meanwhile Feds are monitoring illegal drug cartels moving into Colorado to “launder” their illegal operations. This from the USA Today report:

Since 2005 before medical marijuana was legal in Colorado, pot smuggling busts have increased 407%, according to an August report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which is connected to the White House National Office of Drug Control Policy.

Most of the pot was coming from Denver, Boulder and El Paso counties and was being smuggled primarily to Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, the report said.

Marijuana often is sold for twice as much on the black market in states where it is not legal, said Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain drug trafficking task force.

“You have a very desirable product with 48 other states that are potential customers. My God! What a market that is,” he said. “Our intelligence tells us, and all indications are (drug cartels) are going to move in if they haven’t already.”

 

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  1. Brian Kelly says:

    Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please all you prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

    Furthermore, if all you get when you look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of yours, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest you return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money you shelled out for it, since it is obviously defective.

    The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

    If you’re going to take it upon yourself to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then you need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

    Why do you feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when you could more wisely focus your efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

    You really should get your priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. You’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if you refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

  2. Lester says:

    the Pope is a brainwashed old dude

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