Monday, April 18, 2016
Mexico's Catholic Church not opposed to Medical Marijuana
By Elena Toledo (PanAm Post)
● Bishops nevertheless warn against "evil" addiction of recreational use
The Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM) declared it is in favor of the medical use of marijuana, while noting the harmful
effects addiction can have to society over longer periods of time.
CEM 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
However, Bishop Castro warned that recreational use can
harm young people, family and society.
CEM 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.
"Mexico’s Catholic Church Greenlights Medical Marijuana," PanAm Post, Apr. 11, 2016. Elena Toledo is an educator by trade, a social-media
apprentice, an activist for a democratic Honduras, and a free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.