Legalize Drugs? The Pope Says Nope
Everyone's favorite OAP (nope, not Bill Cosby) Pope Francis has recently spoken out against the legalization of recreational drugs at a conference in Rome.
Very much condemning proposals, he told delegates that "the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!" He went on to say that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs were both "highly questionable" and would "fail to produce the desired effects - maybe he's just been smoking the wrong strains.
The pope, speaking with much conviction and vigor declared drug addiction an „evil" going on to say "with evil there can be no yielding or compromise." Speaking somewhat from experience, pope Francis used to minister to addicts in the drug-laden slums of Buenos Aires which is also where he used to rally against drug-related activities.
His comments were undeniably clear and concise, directing his aim at the recent u-turns in legislation in regards to marijuana in the US and South America. In fact, cannabis crusades all around the world have yielded much success over recent years, to the point where we may indeed see a universal shift in how we view, use and enforce drugs in general. It is this staggered shift, that Francis wants to see halted. Even on the pope’s front door step of Argentina, personal possession of controlled substances have been decriminalized. Next door neighbors Brazil are incredibly lax when it comes to personal drug use. And if all of that left a bitter taste in the pope's mouth i'm sure Uruguay's full-blown legalisation of cannabis will taste even worse.
Funnily enough, Argentina's anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion about possibly emulating Uruguay legalised stance. „Argentina deserves a good debate about this,” Molina told local radio. “We have the capacity to do it. We should not underestimate ourselves.” This seemingly liberal outpour, flies right in the face of pope Francis's anti-legalisation agenda. It's fair to say both men speak with good intentions at heart, but wish to tackle the problem from entirely different angles.
Francis during the talk insisted that drug use cannot be solved by liberalizing laws but by addressing the problems underlying addiction. The underlying problems he referred to worth that of social inequality and lack of opportunity for the young.
One thing that pope Francis did fail to mention was the use of medical marijuana and whether his condemnation of legalisation encompassed this newly-founded method of therapy.
With two very poignant Argentinian figures seemingly at logger heads over how to tackle the country's growing drug woes, this 'highly' controversial debate is most definitely heating up!