Legalising marijuana brings risks to children, safety and health, especially in low-income communities, said four Catholic leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The cost in lives is unacceptable. The parallels with other substances like tobacco are too striking. And the impact on our young people too uncertain,” said the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore J. Cordileone, in urging voters reject Proposition 64 to allow recreational marijuana.
“The effects are not fully understood and the proposed standards are arbitrary,” he said in a statement and in a column in Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan newspaper.
“Legalisation of marijuana in California will have to be followed with years, if not decades, of education in temperance in its use, let alone the time needed for exact legal standards, which are currently completely lacking for marijuana, to be put into place.”
Initiatives to legalise recreational marijuana go before voters in at least five states – Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Legalising medical marijuana is on the ballot in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota.
Picture: A man tends to his marijuana plants in late August on his farm in Humboldt County, California. Legalising marijuana brings risks to children, safety and health, especially in low-income communities, said four Catholic leaders in the Bay Area. (CNS photo/Rory Carroll, Reuters).