RI bishop against bill to legalize marijuana

By:  The Associated Press


Providence, RI – Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop says he wants to smell holy incense, not cannabis, in Providence’s cathedral as he warned state lawmakers against transporting young people to “the land of oblivion” by legalizing marijuana.

Bishop Thomas Tobin shared his opinions in an essay titled “Nope to Dope” published Tuesday, hours before a hearing on a bill to legalize pot.

Tobin says he’s heard that public places in Colorado, where marijuana is legal, are filled with “zombie-like individuals” who are “completely stoned.” He says young people already addicted to electronic devices and “attached to their virtual umbilical cords” would become more detached if the drug was legal.

Tobin says his viewpoints are purely theoretical because he’s never smoked pot.

Polls have found Rhode Island to be the nation’s most Catholic state.

(c) The Associated Press 2016