Bishop Joseph Pepe and Bishop Randolph Calvo, in our capacity as the Nevada Catholic Conference, issue this statement in opposition to the Initiative To Regulate And Tax Marijuana. The Initiative, which is Ballot Question 2, proposes legalizing the sale and the recreational use of marijuana in Nevada. As people of faith, we must speak out against the damaging effects the passage of Question 2 would have on the children and families of Nevada.
Legalizing the sale and the recreational use of marijuana in Nevada sends a message to children and young people that drug use is socially and morally acceptable. Further, legalizing the sale and recreational use of marijuana will lead to more abuse by teens, more emergency room visits, more traffic deaths, and more strain on already overburdened agencies.
A strong Nevada economy requires continued growth. A dependable workforce is essential to the growth which creates a strong economy. We believe that passage of Question 2 would have a negative effect on potential new businesses considering making Nevada their home, because of concerns recreational marijuana use would raise about the dependability of the work force.
Because of the detrimental effects it would have on children, families, the economy, and all of society, we strongly urge Nevadans to oppose the legalization of the sale and recreational use of marijuana, and to vote “No” on Ballot Question 2.
The October High Desert Catholic is here.
Read about the THUGs of St. Joseph's and our Teens in Action.
Archbishop Kurtz, President of the USCCB, has asked for a diocesan collection to aid aid the victims of Hurricane Matthew, and Bishop Calvo has agreed with this request.
This collection is “to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in the Caribbean and the US.”
Please take up this collection on the weekend of November 5 & 6, 2017.
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Concluding Mass November 6th, 9:30am St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral
Come and join with Bishop Randolph R Calvo as we formally conclude the Year of Mercy here in the Diocese of Reno