Pope Francis Against Marijuana Legalization

By NBCNews.com

Published 06/20 2014 10:24AM

Updated 06/20 2014 10:27AM

Pope Francis came out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs on Friday. The pontiff told members of a drug enforcement conference meeting in Rome that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects."

Francis has frequently railed against the "evil" of drug addiction and has met with addicts on several occasions. Just last month, Uruguay -- next door to Francis' native Argentina -- approved selling marijuana cigarettes in pharmacies, and recreational marijuana is legal in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington.

Original story: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pope-francis-condemns-legalization-marijuana-n136436

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