June 20th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Pope Francis says "no" to marijuana legalization

The Pope is speaking out against the worldwide trend toward legalizing recreational drugs.

He calls it a very, very bad idea.

Pope Francis says he opposes making recreational drugs legal

At a drug enforcement conference in Rome, Pope Francis said, "drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise."

Outfront, CNN Religion Commentator Father Beck, Senior Editor of Reason Magazine Brian Doherty and Former Senior Drug Policy Advisor to President Obama, Kevin Sabet.

Filed under: Marijuana • News • Pope Francis
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Shredder

    Erin, one of your guests on this show asserted that smoking cannabis leads to lung cancer. I thought you should know that the latest science on this is to the contrary. See: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.29036/abstract

    You should also be aware that according to recent testimony before congress, the Director of NIDA acknowledged that federal agencies conducting research on the effects of cannabis are only looking for harm and do not investigate the benefits. That is why members of congress are now trying to secure studies on the beneficial effects since there is so much overwhelming anecdotal evidence of a great many health benefits of medical cannabis. For more info, please consult your colleague Sanjay Gupta among many other medical professionals and organizations. Thanks for the program.

    June 21, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  2. Arthur

    Ain't that a hoot. A guy who protects pedophiles from prosecution says that marijuana is evil.

    June 21, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
  3. william

    Great Segment on pot Erin. I thought about everything The Priest said. Even though it may be legal in more states . I now realize the Pope really cares about our health and he is not afraid of anyone"s opinion about his stance the matter. Moderation , abstinence, and responsibility are now my top priorities on this issue. Thanks. Ill keep up on this .

    June 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply

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