Several US states have passed voter initiatives to allow recreational marijuana use for adults. What is the Catholic Church’s official position on this issue?


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Under Respect for health in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2291 the Church teaches

The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.

Thus the recreational use marijuana, considered a drug, would not be permissible.

And from the Vatican?

Other churches take more of a hard-line approach to marijuana. The Catholic Church says that drugs "constitute direct co-operation in evil" and does not seem to make exceptions for marijuana. The Vatican has condemned legalizing "soft drugs" like marijuana, and its newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, recently scolded Italian lawmakers for liberalizing pot-possession laws. - Source: What Would Jesus Smoke? By Torie Bosch | Slate.

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In this health emergency, the attempt to muddy the waters by classifying as a drug everything from wine to LSD is pathetic. So is the attempt to say that one need only know how to take them in moderation, without remembering that wine is a food nutrient and tobacco does not make you lose your head, but marijuana does. We are the first to be scandalized by the early consumption of tobacco and alcohol by young people and we ask for strong restrictions for youth and a clear campaign to dissuade binge drinking or the use of nicotine, but this does not mean that one needs to add a third disaster to the first two, especially at a time when the first two are showing signs of success.

  • And the first link below where Pope Francis is quoted as condemning the legalization of marijuana.

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