While some countries continue to debate the legalisation of marijuana, its effects and impact on possible dependency need to be further understood, said the head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson said that while scientific studies on the therapeutic uses of marijuana must be evaluated, the ongoing “lively” debate on its legalisation for possible therapeutic uses “tends to neglect any ethical judgement of the substance, in itself negative like with any other drug.”
“We find ourselves facing a scenario of dependencies that has changed profoundly in recent years; drugs have become a consumer product that has become compatible with daily life, with recreational activity and even in the pursuit of health,” he said.
The letter, published by the Vatican on 26th June, commemorated the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Cardinal Turkson said the international day drew attention to a continuing phenomenon made up of “a shameful market that crosses national and international borders, interwoven with the Mafia and drug traffickers.”