Boston Archdiocese to contribute $850K to anti-rec campaign

Adult-use cannabis just got another high-profile opponent.

The Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church will be giving $850,000 to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, which is dedicated to defeating Question 4, a statewide ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana.

According to the Boston Globe, the archdiocese “holds the matter among its highest priorities” and cited “detrimental impacts on our parishes, our ministries.”

The donation could breathe life into an anti-cannabis campaign that has struggled to raise money; the Globe reported that the church’s money “represents about a 50% increase” over what the group has raised thus far. But even with an extra $850,000, marijuana opponents are still well behind what rec supporters have raised.

The latest polling shows Question 4 is still vulnerable, with just 49% of voters supporting legalization, 42% opposed and 9% undecided.

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7 comments on “Boston Archdiocese to contribute $850K to anti-rec campaign
  1. Tom Rector on

    Child molesters opposing cannabis re-legalization? Shut your mouth! Pedophile priests and covering up crimes against children? You have zero credibility!

    • Grant Reason on

      In fact 58 priests from the Boston gang of rapists have been brought up on charges of various forms of child molestations. What’s the matter with you morals cowards? Why haven’t we prosecuted these bastards? Where is their gods hellfire and brimstone now. Such weak minded beings with claimed convictions but no backbone to make it real.
      ” The wise man is always prepared to define his terms (Know of what you speak) and to check his premise.” Grant Reason

      Perhaps the fact that we have two ears and one mouth suggests we might better listen twice as much as we speak.

  2. Chris Dalton on

    Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. I guess the Archdiocese forgot what God gave us.

  3. John on

    How is it with the separation of “church and state” that the Archdiocese is allowed to atempt to effect the outcome of lawmaking through payola..
    How is this constitutional? I’m no lawyer, but this seems inappropriate to me…

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      “How is this constitutional?” Such payments were most likely made constitutional in the Citizens United case decided in early 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court (resulting from legal actions taken during Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 run for president). In that context, the Catholic Church can be identified as a major corporate entity that rivals in power and influence big global players like Pfizer and Monsanto (you know, the same companies that spend tens of millions every election to prop up lawmakers who prolong the tyranny waged against our nation’s cannabis plants). Here’s the gist of that crucial 5-4 Citizens United decision, as written by Justice Anthony Kennedy: “The Government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether.”

  4. H on

    Every bit of the $850,000 should go to the victims families of the church. Period. No discussion. Test money came from those trusting families one offering at a time. Organized religion is a business and should be taxed like one.

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