A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah accused the Mormon church of “extreme undermining” with regards to a medical cannabis ballot measure.
The measure creates a state-regulated growing and dispensing operation and allows people with certain medical conditions to use the drug in edible forms.
It does not allow smokable cannabis.
Backers, lawmakers and opponents – including Drug Safe Utah and the Mormon church – crafted a compromise just before the election that would change the measure by:
- Blocking some marijuana edibles such as cookies that might appeal to children.
- Calling for five privately licensed “cannabis pharmacies,” instead of the 40 private dispensaries allowed under the measure, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
- Establishing a state-run central-fill pharmacy.
- Not allowing people to grow their own marijuana if they live too far from a dispensary.
The groups represented by Anderson are calling for the cancellation of an upcoming special session of the Legislature set up as part of the pre-election compromise.
Anderson called it a betrayal by other marijuana groups to “cower to the demands” of the Mormon church after about 52% of the state’s voters approved the measure.
He said the groups he represents are considering a lawsuit.
– Associated Press