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Mormon Church States Opposition to Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative
Author: Julian Hattem and Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press  12/05/2018 - 22:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church reiterated its opposition to Utah’s medical cannabis initiative on Friday, May 11, 2018, amid heightened tensions over whether the measure will reach the November 2018 ballot.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement and a seven-page legal memorandum outlining the “grave concerns” about the initiative and the “serious adverse consequences” that could follow if it were approved.

The memorandum, compiled by Salt Lake City law firm Kirton McConkie, warns that the initiative would make it hard for police to distinguish between legal and illegal drug possession and could allow a large number of Utah residents — including children and people with drug convictions — to obtain medical cannabis cards.

It doesn’t include consequences for physicians who “rubber stamp” recommendations for the cards, the memorandum warned, nor would it prohibit dispensaries from giving away free samples of their product to cardholders.

Roughly two-thirds of Utah residents belong to the Mormon church, which urges members to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

The church had previously sided with opponents of the ballot initiative, but the May 11, 2018, statement adds additional rationale for its position and comes at a crucial moment for those trying to prevent the question from reaching the ballot.

The Utah lieutenant governor’s office has verified the necessary number of voter signatures to secure the initiative a place on the ballot in November 2018, but signers are able to withdraw their signatures until Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Opponents have launched a campaign and recruited door-to-door canvassers urging them to do just that.[...]

Original article from marijuana.com: Mormon Church States Opposition to Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative


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