HELENA, Mont. (CNS) — Legalizing recreational marijuana is “a threat to the flourishing” of people, in particular “the young, the poor, and those who struggle with either substance abuse or mental health challenges,” Montana’s Catholic bishops said Oct. 12.
Bishop Austin A. Vetter of Helena and Bishop Michael W. Warfel of Great Falls-Billings urged a “no” vote on a pair of ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis. Their statement was released in Helena by the Montana Catholic Conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s bishops.
The bishops said they were joining state leaders in business, transportation, medicine and law enforcement in opposing Initiative 190, or I-190, and Constitutional Initiative 118, or CI-118.
I-190 sets up the rules for a recreational marijuana system in Montana, including a 20% tax. It also allows each county the option to prohibit dispensaries within their boundaries. CI-118 would amend the Montana Constitution to…