Utah: Republican Sen. Stands Up to the Mormon Church Over Medical Marijuana

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Despite the Mormon Church and their antiquated opposition to medicinal cannabis, Utah’s Republican Senator Mark Madsen, from Salt Lake County, said he’s ready to fight for his constituents.

Telling KUTV that, “It would be immoral to back down.”

The bill’s sponsor to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis in the Beehive State claimed that opposition from the Mormon Church to his proposed medical marijuana legislation does not immediately torpedo its ultimate passage.

A devout Mormon and staunch Republican, Madsen, said he is reluctant back off his mission to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. Particularly as recent polls show a majority of Utah’s nearly 3,000,000 residents support the idea of medical marijuana … explaining “I don’t want to let them down.”

Yesterday, just three days after the LDS Church claimed it had a problem with his progressive legislation, citing “unintended consequences,” Sen. Madsen explained he’d only lost one or two votes from fellow legislators who felt pressured by The Church of Latter-Day Saints and their public announcement, rejecting the idea.

Regardless of his membership to the LDS church – Madsen claimed ignorance over church leaders opposition to Senate Bill 73. Complaining the church has yet to explain what exactly they think those unintended consequences are?

Ignoring research and embracing ignorance, Utah’s Republican Senator is more than a little confused by the leaders of the Mormon Church. When asked about their objections to his proposed legislation, he gets brushed off like an apostate. Now cattle prodding the LDS Church to respond, Sen. Madsen recently threw down the gauntlet:

“The people that are affected by it, I think, might be entitled to some kind of explanation.”

Utah’s Republican medical marijuana warrior explained, he’d have to take things up a notch in order to convert other reluctant legislators about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. While there have been zero fatalities attributed to medical marijuana, which is currently legal and 23 states, Utah’s Dept. of Health points out that 21 Utahans die on a monthly basis from overdosing on prescription pain meds.

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  • James DuMouchel

    I have a feeling that cannabis will take care of Utahns better than LDS would.

  • Tyler Pruden

    Just another reminder that Utah does not believe in seperation of church and state. If they wish to weigh in on legislaton lets help them to do so by removing their 501c tax exempt status.

  • JAMES GIBSON

    maybe you should read the actual statement the antiquated mormon church made before you use that stupid line to open your article. They SUPPORT medical marijuana research and use. They OPPOSED a specific piece of legislation that was poorly put together. Get your facts straight before you make stupid comments. There is plenty of evidence to support use of THC and CBD for treatment of a myriad of health issues. Those mormons aren’t stupid, and since they have more kids than anybody else on earth, they probably have more kids with problems that can be helped with medical marijuana. Read the legislation they opposed- I’ll bet that if you can read too, you’d also agree that it was improper. PEace.

    • Wayne Smith

      I don’t feel an entity such as the LDS should have any say in any government matter. How much money in tax Revenue does the MORMONS Church contribute. None!! Mind your own business and stay in your own closed off world any worry about your own sick culture. Leave ours alone.

      • JAMES GIBSON

        I agree with you for the most part. I thought pot heads were supposed to be chill though! I’d suggest you pack your bong with a nice sativa strain. Excellent for anger issues. 🙂

        • Wayne Smith

          I agree I have anger issues and have been working on that part of my makeup for some time. I have been out of weed for two days because I live in NY State where our Medical Mary Jane Program is non existent for all but terminally ill and we have a communist Governor. So it’s hard to get the strains that best benefit me. Sometimes I have take what I can get.

    • BoredSlacker

      How do they have more kids than anyone else on Earth? They’re not stupid? Not only do they believe the collective nonsense of fables and failed interpretations of the natural world by Bronze-Age merchants and illiterate dirt farmers, but they also believe that this god fellow revealed another testament to a 21 year old con artist in 19th century America, who was just released from an 18 month prison sentence for false fortune telling and for taking people of BS gold mining expeditions to swindle them out of their money. When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were “translating” the golden tablets, Cowdery’s wife was so furious with his blind stupidity that she stole the first 100+ pages of the book of Mormon and demanded that Joseph Smith reproduce it. Joseph Smith told her that god would have to give him a slightly different version because the devil would have already gotten the copy she stole and used it for his bidding. He had over 40 wives, some as young as 14, when he was killed. They claim that all black people have no souls and are all the descendants of Cain because god scorched his skin for killing Abel. They also were formally against the abolition of slavery because of their bigoted and psychotic beliefs. It’s utter nonsense that would get laughed off in any intelligent and decently run society. They’re not stupid? HA HA HA.

      • JAMES GIBSON

        Looks like you’re a little misinformed. As far as bigoted beliefs go, sounds to me like you have some of your own. What I mean with the children comment- is that they are pretty prolific reproducers as a whole, and more kids means more chance of exposure to medical problems that would benefit from the medicinal qualities of marijuana. Your hater rant about all the hocus pocus stuff just went right over my head, but I’d like to invite you to go up to your good friends that are mormon, that have done nice things for you your whole life, and tell them how stupid they are. They’d probably just be sad that you have such a low opinion of them, but if i’m lucky, one of them might knock out some of your teeth. If you’re such a #boredslacker, you probably won’t take the time to read up on any opposing views to the garbage you already spewed, so a discussion would be wasted on you. I hope you never find yourself in a situation where some stupid mormon doctor, fireman, teacher etc has to help you. you’re clearly too smart for that.

        • BoredSlacker

          Yes, I will gladly tell them how stupid they are. After over a century of suppressing the rights of women and homosexuals, they can f**k off. If you’re lucky they’d knock my teeth out? I hope your mother is being gang raped as we speak. F**k you with your BS internet bravado. Opposing views? It’s fine for bigoted christians to have their views but I can piss off with mine? Go f**k yourself. We enjoy freedom of speech here and a separation of church and state, something that people like you and your mormon cronies help to s**t all over. If there’s a first-responder or teacher that’s religious, and they’re being paid by taxpayer dollars, they better keep their illusions private and do their job. Religious views are based on believing in magic and unicorn wishes just because. I live in a world supported by evidence and one that doesn’t discriminate based on genetic precepts or geographic location.

          • JAMES GIBSON

            You’re a funny dude. MY internet bravado? Ha. I’ll back up- point I was trying to make, but clearly failed at- was that the article was written without actually reading the statement the Mormons made. They opposed a poorly structured bill that had to do with medical marijuana, not its use as medicine. You clearly hate Mormons and religion in general. I agree with the underlying idea that Christianity is based on faith and not science. It’s definitely a tough sell. Unfortunately though, your bashing isn’t based on fact either. Hence the misinformed comment. I know that responding to you is a waste of time and effort, so I’ll stop with MY internet bravado. ✌️

          • BoredSlacker

            They would oppose a “well written” medical marijuana bill. They’re a conservative christian organization, they’ll oppose anything that conflicts with “traditional values”. They only dropped their anti-black rhetoric because of the civil rights movement, in fear that they would look like a bigoted and antiquated cult. The catholics didn’t stop preaching antisemitism as an official doctrine of their church until 1965, long after the Nuremberg trials and the Nazi’s were sentenced for their crimes. I suspect that they, along with other christian denominations, will eventually accept homosexuals out of fear of being shunned and left in the past. I am very anti-theistic. I’m not out on street corners waving signs with pictures of raped children and people being blown apart and shouting, “You’re all diseased morons.” I’m not going door to door in an attempt to spread Humanism or to teach math and physics. I don’t go up to proselytizing booths and tear their sh!t apart. I have the decency to be cordial in public. However, this is my outlet and I will say as I please about these tw@ts. We have freedom of speech in America and I will exercise it. It’s impossible to imagine the oceans of blood spilled so that power hungry c*nts could be the momentary masters of a fraction of a speck of dust, floating in a vast cosmic void. I cannot fathom the billions and billions people whose lives were cut short, driven into slavery, raped, etc. all in the name of Bronze-Age interpretations of natural phenomena and mental illness. To quote Bill Maher “If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you’d resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler.” It has stifled the growth of our species and will eventually lead top our extinction if left unchecked.

        • BoredSlacker

          Please elaborate as to how I’m misinformed. Because I think you’re just a c*nt that’s crammed full of s**t and having a severe yeast infection.

  • Gary Knapp

    In Utah the LDS church is the law. Accept their dictates or face shunning. Senator Madsen has an uphill battle. I hope he prevails.

  • BoredSlacker

    I commend this man for standing up to religious bullying. Enough is enough. I’m also dumbfounded that he’s a Republican. Pro-Marijuana, not taking crap from religious institutions, is he sure he’s not a Democrat?

  • Jessica Smith

    It’s about time the Mormons in Utah open their eyes I grew up there and it’s all brain washing. There are no “consequence” smoking for medical purposes they just fear freedom of thought and people getting help from mother earth instead of their horrid image of a god they burn into childrens minds, they are judgmental and cruel even to their own. Pills do nothing but make you sick and like it said people overdose. NEVER have I heard of a THC, CBD, ect. Overdose. It doesn’t make one violent, it HEALS the mind and body. So HELL yeah senator keep it up you might save the state from its bad name, MEDICATE THEM ALL!!!

  • Social Conservative

    tards!