Archbishop calls for qualified debate on legalization of drugs in Mexico

Archbishop calls for qualified debate on legalization of drugs in Mexico

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This week, Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, Mexico stated that in the country’s discussion on the legalization of drugs, the most qualified voices must be heard and the truth must prevail.

“Serious debate discovers serious gaps, weaknesses, irresponsibility and harm both in persons, the family and in society. It also expands viewpoints to include other alternatives and actions,” the archbishop said.

For this reason, he called for qualified voices to be heard and to avoid having a caricature of a debate in which powerful individuals, groups or organizations seek their own interests, “without regard for the harm they cause others or society itself.”

He added that “serious debate” is a “necessary tool for informing, educating and fostering responsible participation in society.”  Also, he said a debate on the legalization of drugs “would be an important aid so that those who must make decisions can stand on solid ground and have the sufficient means to make appropriate decisions and take appropriate actions.”

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