June 20, 2014 — Updated 1327 GMT CNN reports:
Pope Francis said “Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise…”
According to the CNN report, Francis regards policies that support the legalization of marijuana “not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.”
“To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem,” he said.
Very well, Pope Francis, the floor is yours. Let’s hear your alternative to the police state nonsense that criminalizes and incarcerates countless millions of people worldwide over a plant; that leaves those peoples lives tainted by criminal convictions despite never having raised their hand in violence nor seized any person’s wealth by deception.
Put up or shut up, Pope Francis; should governments be sending law enforcement officers masquerading as soldiers into peoples homes screaming threats and brandishing fully automatic rifles at the inhabitants along with the concomitant risk of accidentally killing those inhabitants? How else should government set out to eradicate the scourge of burning a plant and getting all mellow?
Does Pope Francis truly find the violence involved in pointing law enforcement at wholly consensual activities preferable to offering the participants in those activities peaceful alternatives such as treatment or support?
Details, Pope Francis, Details. That’s where you’ll find the devil after all. What, exactly and in detail, practically speaking, should governments be doing to reign in the scourge of a plant?