Mormon church speaks out against Utah’s medical marijuana measure

The Mormon church ramped up its opposition this week to a proposal that would allow medical marijuana in Utah, even as faith leaders insisted they support patients using it under strict controls.

At a news conference Thursday with state heavy hitters, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took the unusual step of speaking publicly against the ballot initiative being decided by voters in November.

The church is “deeply concerned” the proposal doesn’t have enough oversight, said Jack Gerard, a member of a midlevel global church leadership panel.

Here are the basics behind the situation:

  • The Utah Medical Cannabis Act would create a state-regulated market with potentially about 20 licensed dispensaries, as well as cultivators, processors and independent testers.
  • It would allow patients with certain medical conditions to use MMJ in a number of forms but would ban smoking.
  • Opponents say the measure could lead to recreational marijuana.

The Drug Safe Utah coalition that pushed back against the plan Thursday included doctors, police officers and public figures such as Utah Jazz president Steve Starks.

This isn’t the first time the Mormon church has weighed in on the issue.

In May, the church issued a statement citing an analysis that had raised “grave concerns” about the initiative and warned of “serious adverse consequences” if it became law.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

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4 comments on “Mormon church speaks out against Utah’s medical marijuana measure
  1. Doc on

    I’ll care about what the Mormons want when they stop baptizing people into their faith posthumously without permission.

    Perpetrators of hate crimes should not have a voice here.

  2. Dee on

    Let’s hope that none of those who feardriven and ignorant notoriously block responsible freedom, one day need this plant. It should not be available to them. Yes, I am angry.

    Parents with children who suffer 200 seizures a day should show up in their office where they throne and judge – disconnected from reality – and let them witness the convulsing child. Parkinson patients should shake their secure seats, and cancer patients, young and old, should rattle their infusion bottles full of toxic chemicals that is sold to them as medicine – what an outrage !

    Marijuana is the oldest cultivated plant of humankind. How dare anybody thinks he is entitled to take this God given plant away from the prople – happened some 70 plus years ago for all the wrong reasons orchestrated by racist Mister Ansslinger, who wanted to get to the ‘bad negroes’. It is documented and known.

    Where are compassion, reason, research and common sense I wonder ?

    Why are people against it ? Is it because one can get high ? Shall I ask how about getting drunk ? I won’t because it can not be compared. Getting drunk certainly damages your body, probably the body of others too… MMJ never does, it just makes you feel good and peaceful.

    Up to now all statements against this God given plant I heard where based on misinformation and easily dismissed. So, what is the fuzz all about ? Why is Washington not legalizing ? May be they are buying time for the pharmaceutical industry, so they can come out with some synthetical – hm – I do not even want to call it Marijuana…

  3. Jeff Brown on

    Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity, creation and the Creator.

  4. Diane Armstrong on

    I would not be able to leave my house without marijuana. Its also kept me off of opiates. And if they don’t want to be around it then they can stay away from it themselves. No one is going to force them to use it. And for some of us smoking is the ONLY way we can use it. They DONT or SHOULDN’T have ANY say what the rest if us do. THEY DONT CONTROL EVERYONE ONLY THOSE THAT WHO TO THEIR CHURCH. IF YOU WANT A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE THEN YOU HAVE TO ALSO APPLY IT “HERE”.

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