Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO

Pope condemns push to soften drug laws in Latin America

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Rio de Janeiro, July 25 - Pope Francis spoke out
strongly against legalizing drugs on a visit to a rehabilitation
center in Brazil, condemning a growing movement in Latin America
to liberalize marijuana sales and other narcotics.
"A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addiction
will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug use, as is
currently being proposed in various parts of Latin America,"
said the pontiff at the St Francis of Assisi hospital late
Wednesday.
"It is necessary rather to confront the problems underlying
the use of these drugs by promoting greater justice, educating
young people in the values that build up life in society,
accompanying those in difficulty and giving them hope for the
future".
Policymakers across Latin America have been considering
liberalizing anti-drug laws after years of fighting
narco-traffickers has been blamed more for fomenting violence
than credited with curbing abuse and illegality.
Thursday is the pope's first full day of events since
arriving in Brazil Monday for the week-long World Youth Day,
marking his first international trip as pontiff.

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