July 23, 2014
Pope renews anti-drug decriminalisation message
Pope Francis has ratified its opposition to the legalisation of drugs considering it a scourge that puts people’s lives at risk, fueled by a "market of profit that goes beyond national and continental boundaries.”
“No to all kind of drugs; there can be no commitment with this (issue),” the Argentine pontiff said while hosting participanst at the International Drug Enforcement Conference today.
“Legalisation of soft drugs don’t lead to the expected effects while substitute drugs are not a therapy but a veiled way to surrender to such phenomenon,” Francis affirmed expressing his “suffering” and “worrying” for the “scourge of drugs” that continues to “spread out in striking ways and dimensions, fed by a market of profit that goes beyond national and continental boundaries.”
The head of the Roman Catholic Church warned youngsters and adolescents are exposed to the danger of drugs and that danger “keeps on growing.”
“It is necessary to say yes to life, to love, to the others, to education, to sports, to work, to more job creation. If these (expectations) are met, then there is no country for drugs, for the abuse of alcohol and other addictions,” the pope added renewing his call to protect the youth.
Efforts to help youngsters “recover” from drugs are “negligible, not enough,” he said and called to work on “prevention.” “The example of so many youngsters that come out from the dependency of drugs, work hard to rebuild their lives, is an stimulus to look forward with confidence,” the first Latin American pope in history said considering the lack of employment and education leaves thousands “without hope” with drugs turning into a way out to their everyday problems.
The pope’s anti-legaliation message will be surely echoed in the region where Uruguay recently became the first country to regulate the production, sale and consumption of marijuana, fueling the debate on drug decriminalization in neighboring nations such as the pontiff’s very own home country, Argentina.