Millions turn out to see world’s most prominent opponent to marijuana legalization – Pope Francis

Amid the headlines highlighting the Pope’s stances on an array of hot button political issues like climate change, immigration, poverty, the death penalty and capitalism, Project Sam highlights one of his positions that is perhaps less well-known.

“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.”  Pope Francis

In his address to the  International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome held in June of 2014,  Pope Francis could not have been any clearer. He emphasized his opposition to legalization saying,”Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!”

Pope Francis says he opposes making recreational drugs legal – CNN.

Pope says nope to dope – that is, legalized marijuana – Washington Post.

Pope Francis Condemns Legalization of Marijuana – NBC

Pope Francis condemns ‘evil’ marijuana – Washington Times

Pope Francis Speaks Out Against Legalization of Marijuana and Other Drugs – NewsWeek.

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Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in 30 states.