Jonathan Bush donates $10k to support legalizing marijuana

Massachusetts residents will vote in November on whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in the state. So far, the campaign advocating for the legalization of marijuana has raised more than $2.4 million this year, and Jonathan Bush, co-founder and CEO of Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, is one of the campaign's individual donors, reports Boston.com.

Campaign finance disclosure filings indicate Mr. Bush donated $10,000 to the pro-legalization side of the issue, according to the report.

An athenahealth spokesperson told Boston.com, "He believes this is one of many freedoms Americans should have the right to."

The proposed legislation to legalize marijuana is called Question 4 and would allow adults 21 years of age and older to purchase and consume marijuana for recreational purposes.

The pro-legalization campaign, Yes on 4, has raised far more than the opposition campaign, Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, which has raised $363,000 since launching in the spring, according to the report. Various politicians including Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are on the opposing side.

Healthcare-affiliated donors to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts include the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, according to the report.

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