Church Documents on Drugs and Marijuana

Collected here are several Church documents on drugs and marijuana that was used in our research on marijuana. Some of these documents are hard to find online or in English on line. It is our hope that these documents further serve the needs of man today and our united fight against the scourge of drugs and for the promotion of the culture of life.  

From Despair to Hope by the Pontifical Council for the Family discusses the problem of drug abuse and how it is an assault on the family. Living out authentic family life is the key to combatting the drug crisis. 

Should "Soft" Drugs be Legalized? by the Pontifical Council for the Family is important because it 1) rejects the distinction between "soft" and "hard drugs"; and 2) rejects the legalization and liberalization of "soft drugs".

Excerpts from Church Documents contains relevant passages on drugs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Charter for Health Care Workers, The New Charter for Health Care Workers, Ecclesia in America, and Centesimus Annus

Five speeches by Pope John Paul II on drugs. 

Four speeches by Pope Francis on Drugs

Two messages by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on the topic of drugs. 

Link to the proceedings of the conference Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Nov. 23-24, 2016.  

The final statement of the conference Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Nov. 23-24, 2016. 

Church: Drugs and Drug Addiction in pdf format. The language is Italian. 

Dolentium Hominum is the Journal of the Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. Volume 4 contains the proceedings of the conference Pharmaceuticals at the Service of Human Life, Oct. 23-25, 1986. 

Dolentium Hominum is the Journal of the Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. Volume 19 contains the proceedings of the conference Drugs and Alcoholism against Life, Nov. 21-23, 1991.

Dolentium Hominum is the Journal of the Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. Volume 38 contains the proceedings of the conference A Church Symposium on Drugs: United for Life, Oct. 9-11, 1997, and the proceedings of other conferences.

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