THE MORAL AND ETHICAL CONCERNS ABOUT RECREATIONAL USE OF CANNABIS

October 17, 2018

Canada's new legislation on the recreational use and sales of cannabis (marijuana) comes into effect today with the implementation of the Cannabis Act (formerly Bill C-45) at the federal level.

The Catholic Church for its part continues to underline the ethical problems involved with the recreational use and abuse of this drug: the negative risks that impact on psychological and physical health, the growing problems of a society more and more dependent on drugs and alcohol, the possibility of brain damage especially to those under the age of 25, the negative repercussions on families and local communities, and unfortunately the willingness of businesses and governments to exploit the drug for commercial interests and as a source of tax revenue, thereby even further jeopardizing the pursuit of the common good.

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Implementation of the Cannabis Act


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