Boston, Mass., Nov 4, 2016 / 05:12 am
The Church in Boston is asking voters in Massachusetts to reject the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state next week.
Question 4 is a ballot initiative that would allow individuals at least 21 years of age to use, grow, and possess recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts since 2012.
Last week, the Archdiocese of Boston donated $850,000 to oppose Question 4. According to a report from The Atlantic, the Church's donation increased the opposition effort's funding by roughly 40 percent – the other major donor was Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas billionaire who gave $1,000,000 to the opposition last month. The Knights of Columbus also gave $150,000 to fight the initiative.
Archdiocesan spokesman Terrence Donilon told CNA that the donation "was made from unrestricted Central Ministry funds. It does not come from parish collections or the Catholic Appeal nor funds designated for parish support."