It can be easy to assume religion's power over our everyday lives is waning. The Pope no longer has his own standing army, and reactionaries in the United States no longer use the specter of the Vatican imposing papal law to scare Americans away from voting for a Catholic (Democrat) for president. Certainly, the Catholic Church isn't the potent political force it used to be.
Papal Enclave Probably not burning one down
But with so much presence physically (its real estate portfolio is vast) and intellectually, the Catholic Church still spins a fair bit of influence. And for some reason, Catholics have been the slowest to change on the moral conundrum of drug legalization.
While evangelical ministers have also come out strong and hard against legalization, Catholics are the least likely of Jesus' disciples to favor legalizing drugs, polling shows. With Latinos being California's fastest growing demographic, many who are Catholic, this poses an inconvenient truth: God could be holding up the end of drug prohibition. Is this what He wanted when He created the magic plant "with roots in hell"?