Stephen Mandile, right, an Iraq War veteran from Uxbridge, Mass., is the first to purchase recreational marijuana at the Cultivate dispensary in Leicester, Mass., on the first day of legal sales in Massachusetts on Nov. 20, 2018. Voters approved it in 2016, but the start of recreational marijuana sales didn’t begin until 2018. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Does God Care If You Smoke Weed?

Many Bay State faith groups say yeah man.

BOSTON (RNS) — Since the East Coast’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in Massachusetts this past fall, pot fans have snapped up more than $20 million worth of legal weed.

But for many people of faith in the Bay State, legalization hasn’t burned away the moral and health concerns about the use of drugs for fun.

What’s legal isn’t always right — but using pot isn’t always wrong, either, some religious leaders say.

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