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Catholic Church In The Phillippines Supports Medical Marijuana

catholic church marijuanaLast month Pope Francis made statements that he is against marijuana legalization. At a drug enforcement conference in Rome, Pope Francis stated that drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise. Pope Francis went on to say that attempts to legalize are highly questionable and fail to produce the desired effects. The comments drew criticism from marijuana reform activists and organizations almost instantly.

Pope Francis didn’t make any comments at the event in regards to medical marijuana. While I feel the Catholic Church (and every else for that matter) should support both legalization and medical marijuana, medical marijuana is especially a no-brainer to support in my opinion. The Catholic Church is supposed to support compassion, and that’s what medical marijuana is all about. It appears that my opinion and the opinion of the Catholic Church in the Philippines is the same. Per Sensi Seeds:

As the Church itself states, it supports the medicinal use of cannabis because it stands to help many people. The reasoning of the Church is focused on the more merciful aspects of the plant and it is not for nothing that the proposed bill is entitled “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act”. It was submitted in May of this year by Member of Parliament,  Rodolfo Albano III.

The most amazing aspect of this is perhaps how clearly and vocally representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines have spoken. In a press release, archbishop and chairman of the conference Sócrates Villegas expressed himself as follows: “Catholic health care ethics, in fact, considers as morally justifiable the use of marijuana for terminal cancer patients in severe pain.”

Medical marijuana should be legal around the world. There are suffering patients in the Philippines just as there are in every other country. If these patients can find some relief in medical marijuana, they should be allowed to do so. If these patients don’t want to ruin their organs by using harmful pharmaceuticals, and would rather use a safer alternative in medical marijuana, they should be allowed to do so.

  • painkills2

    “…with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.”

    Should we agree with how the Catholic church defines evil? Nah.

  • mike1188

    Good for the catholic church in the Philippines. As for the Pope I say this with respect of your position and to you. But marijuana is not addictive. How many of your clergy is addicted to tobacco, how much beer does every member of your church drink. How many bottles of wine does the church consume in a month. The biggest question of all is how do you know Jesus did not smoke canabis? Yes some drugs are evil and cause death. Tabaco, alcohol, crack, meth, cocain, heroin, and synthetic drugs like bath salts. But never has there been a absolute proof beyond any doubt by any medical exam that marijauna is a killer, is addictive. It is habit forming yes but their is a huge difference between addiction ( try being addicted to heroin and just quit using it and see what happens) that is true addiction. Or how about cigarettes how hard is that to quit? So please don’t take a blind eye to this when you can not endorse birth control when in a 100 years or so ALL of the people will not be able to feed themselves because their wont be enough land to grow crops raise cattle, plus global warming causing drought through out the world. Do the math people, do the math Sir. Support marajuana and yes support birth control. Because everyone reading this will be dead in a 100 years but your grand children will not be.

  • moses

    You don’t have to be true.final to be suffering, or to need canabis, why is it ok to feel bad, sick, I’ll not normal, buts it’s not ok to take something that makes you feel better. If your world was black you give anything to see the light