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Pope Francis: Just Say No to Drug Legalization

Pope Francis urges governments against legalization of drugs.  

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Many western countries have softened their once hard line anti-drug stances, particularly when it comes to marijuana. In the US, Colorado has led the way and globally the Uruguay government has even created a legal national market of its very own. Pope Francis, however, is not buying it.

The Pope—who has proven to be cool with a number of things that his predecessors were most certainly not—is not cool with the drug legalization trend. On Friday, the Holy See speaking to a drug enforcement conference in Rome, said: “No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that.” “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 continued.