December 22, 2015

Mexico: Top Roman Catholic Cardinal Says He Has No Problem With Medical Marijuana

December 22, 2015
Cardinal Norberto Rivera marijuana
Cardinal Norberto Rivera marijuana
(image via CNN)

Whenever I hear that someone is opposed to medical marijuana, I always wonder why they don’t believe in compassion. Because that’s what medical marijuana is all about. If people are suffering, they should be able to try to alleviate that suffering in anyway they can so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. Medical marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone else, and has been shown to be quite effective for treating all kinds of conditions. I personally have arthritis in my foot, and have tried a lot of things to help with the daily pain. Marijuana is the only thing that seems to work.

There are countless stories and testimonials out there from patients who use medical marijuana to help alleviate their suffering. There are some stories of suffering out there that are so sad and heartbreaking, that I can’t fathom how someone could hear them and then want to deny those people medicine. Medical marijuana is a form of medicine that is far safer than pharmaceutical drugs. Yet opponents act like marijuana has no medical value, and anyone who uses it should be treated like a criminal.

Over the weekend a top Roman Catholic Cardinal in Mexico came out and stated that he has no problem with the use of medical marijuana, which delighted patients and supporters, but resulted in some criticism. Per Fox Latino News:

Cardinal Norberto Rivera, the Catholic Church’s top authority in Mexico, said he has no problem with the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The cardinal said Sunday that the church has never had a problem recommending the use of “all elements from nature that can be used to help improve health.”

He recalled that when he was a child the plant was commonly used for health reasons such as relieving pain, said Cardinal Rivera, who also serves as the archbishop of Mexico City.

Medical marijuana is about compassion, and the Catholic Church claims to stand for compassion. So this endorsement of medical marijuana should not surprise anyone, and it should be a view that should be shared by all religious people. That’s why more and more religious leaders are coming out in support of marijuana reform, and for an end to the drug war altogether.


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