What is Initiated Measure 27?
Measure 27 is a proposal that will appear on the ballot in the November 8, 2022 general election. If the majority of South Dakotans vote “yes” on the measure, it will legalize the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes in South Dakota. A “no” vote will leave South Dakota’s laws unchanged.
The Catholic bishops of South Dakota are urging Catholics and all citizens to vote NO on Measure 27, due to the harms that legalizing marijuana will bring to individuals, families, and our state.
Below are several resources to learn more about Measure 27 and the negative effects that marijuana use has on the health of individuals and society.
Resources on Measure 27 and marijuana
- Statement from Bishop Muhich and Bishop DeGrood on Initiated Measure 27: View Statement
- Protecting South Dakota Kids: Visit site
- Article by SDCC Executive Director Michael Pauley: Read Article
- Faith and Politics Podcast featuring Emily Leedom of the Lourdes Center: The Pitfalls of Legalizing Marijuana
- Column by Emily Leedom in the October Bishop’s Bulletin: Marijuana use doesn’t lead to human flourishing
- Video by Ascension Presents: Can I smoke marijuana?
- Video by uCatholic: Can Catholics Smoke Weed?
- National Catholic Register: Bishops Highlight Hazards of Pro-Marijuana Ballot Measures
- Catholic World Report: Marijuana: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
- National Catholic Bioethics Center: Clearing the Air Around Marijuana Use
- The Linacre Quarterly (journal of the Catholic Medical Association): A Virtue Analysis of Recreational Marijuana Use
- North Dakota Catholic Conference: Opposed to recreational marijuana
- Minnesota Catholic Conference: Opposed to recreational marijuana
- Michigan Catholic Conference: Opposed to recreational marijuana