CNA Staff, Nov 4, 2020 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- Voters in four states approved the legalization of recreational marijuana on Tuesday, while one state voted to legalize medical marijuana and another elected to decriminalize harder drugs in an effort to promote addiction treatment programs over criminal sentences.

The Catholic bishops in many of the states had spoken out against the drug legalization measures, pointing to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches that drug use “inflicts very grave damage on human health and life.”

 In June 2014, Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs in an address to drug enforcement agencies.

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