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Mormon Leaders Worried About Marijuana, Leaked Video Shows


There’s no evidence that marijuana use isn’t deadly.

Cannabis should remain illegal because meth is dangerous and makes your teeth fall out.

The Drug Policy Alliance, a leading pro-legalization organization, is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

These are all claims made in a newly revealed video showing Mormon leaders discussing their church’s response to marijuana law reform.

The clip, part of a trove of internal leaks, is an excerpt of a private meeting that took place a week after California voters narrowly rejected a measure to legalize cannabis in November 2010.

The videos, publicized by members of an ex-Mormon subreddit, mostly show discussions among members of the Quorum of Twelve, the second-highest-ranking leadership group in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Marijuana legalization is back on the ballot again this year in California, as well as four other states, including Nevada. There, a separately leaked email revealed last month that local church leaders in Las Vegas were campaigning against the measure to end cannabis prohibition.

The message was quickly retracted after becoming public, likely due to concerns that the electoral activity could have jeopardized the church’s tax-exempt status. “The Church has not taken a position on the matter and no endorsement of a position was intended,” the retraction message said.

Other recently leaked videos show Mormon church elders fretting about Wikileaks, homosexuality and disaster preparedness.

Photo Courtesy of Allie Beckett.

About Author

Tom Angell covers policy and politics for Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens). Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (All organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)


  1. The Mormon ‘church’ has been almost 100% successful in deceiving the people…so do not underestimate their ability to lie successfully in regard to marijuana also.

  2. These guys are being unreasonable. Why do they see it as wrong for someone to spark up a joint to relieve a little stress, but it’s okay for “THEM” to defy monogamy?!

    • Because they’re hypocrites. (Mormonism is not a Christian faith. They teach that Christ and Satan are brothers. It’s a cult.)

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