Pope Francis Says Don’t Legalize Drugs

Pope Francis has demonstrated that there are limits to his modernising fervour as he warned against moves to legalise recreational drugs.

“Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise,” he said at a drug enforcement conference in Rome.

The Argentinian pontiff’s comments, in which he insisted that “the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs”, came a month after Uruguay become the first country to legalise the production, sale and consumption of cannabis, a move that is being followed closely in other Latin American countries trying to end the violence spawned by the drugs trade.

The pope, who has spoken out against drug use before, said: “To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem. Attempts, however limited, to legalise so-called recreational drugs, are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.