The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have donated $850,000 to the primary campaign opposed to Massachusetts Question 4, which would legalize cannabis for those 21 and older. The donation is a last-minute effort to defeat the popular measure, which is supported by a plurality of voters according to recent polling.
The church’s contribution represents a roughly 50% increase in the total donations made to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, reports the Boston Globe. Archdiocesan officials have also sent materials to parishes as well as schools arguing against Question 4.
“It reflects the fact that the archdiocese holds the matter among its highest priorities,” archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon says of the weighty donation. “It’s a recognition that, if passed, the law would have significantly detrimental impacts on our parishes, our ministries.”
If passed into law next month, Question 4 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, the personal cultivation of up to six plants, and the licensed distribution of cannabis and cannabis products for those 21 and older.