Contrary to what most of the media concluded, pope Francis did not condemn projects of drug liberalization.
While visiting drug dependant people, he declared : ’’Liberalization of drug use, the way it is proposed today in different parts of Latin America, will not enable any decrease in the extent, or influence, of drug abuse’’.
However, these drug liberalization projects have no aim to resolve addiction problems, but rather to strip the criminal organizations of their power. In many countries, in particular in Latin America, mafias have deeply corrupted societies, and made terror prevail. It is why the uruguayan president, José Mujica suggested liberalization.
The Pope’s intervention aimed in no way to condemn this initiative, but only to point out that it would not resolve the public health issues.
Pope Francis Irst is present in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to attend the World Youth Day.