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Mexico's Catholic Church Greenlights Medical Marijuana, Nixes Recreational Use

Elena Toledo - PanAm Post
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April 12, 2016

Mexican Church says it agrees marijuana has benefits but warns about the dangers excess can bring. (Voces)

The Mexican Episcospal Conference (CEM) declared it is in favor of the medical use of marijuana, though noted the harmful effects addiction can have to society over longer periods of time.

CEM’s President Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega said in a press conference that “the Church is not closed to the medical use of this narcotic. But we must also take into account the evils to society that this addiction may provoke. This is a point that science must analyze. All these elements must be weighed.”

Furthermore, Cuernavaca Bishop Ramon Castro said Vatican authorities have already declared it is in favor of the medical use of marijuana, so the Mexican episcopate is just following the guideline.

“The Holy See already has a position in favor of the medicinal use of this drug,” he said. “It is certainly in agreement on this point, because it will help the sick.”

However, Bishop Castro warned that recreational use can harm young people, family and society. EM Secretary General, Alfonso Miranda was in agreement, saying that drug use can degrade society.

“The Church has always been against human degradation” he explained.

The bishops said CEM is ready to participate in forums and debates currently being carried out regarding the legalization of the drug.

See the original at PanAm Post | Español

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