- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2014

Pope Francis waded into the legalized marijuana debate on Friday, putting out a statement that says, bluntly: Don’t do it.

More to point, the head of the Roman Catholic Church said legalizing marijuana won’t bring any positive results, The Associated Press reported.

Francis said during a drug enforcement conference in Rome that even the most limited of tries to give legal status to the drug is “not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint,” but such would “fail to produce the desired results,” AP reported.

The pope’s comments — which aren’t that shocking, given his history of publicly ranting against the “evil” of drugs — comes just as Uruguay approved the selling of marijuana cigarettes in pharmacies. They also come on the heels of legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington.

Twitter response to the pope’s comments took a turn to the joking.

When AP put out the message that “Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won’t produce good results,” one Twitter responder quipped: “Matter of fact, it will produce ‘high’ results.”

Others weren’t so lighthearted.

“The pope doesn’t represent me. So off with him! Catholics should not associate with him. He is a shill for the NWO,” wrote one.

And one more: “The Pope is irrelevant.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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