The Mormon Church Increases Opposition to Medical Marijuana Proposal


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is ramping up its opposition to a medical marijuana proposal in Utah even as leaders insist they would support patients using the cannabis under stricter controls.

Jack Gerard, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said on Aug. 23, 2018 that the faith supports tightly controlled use of the drug, but is “deeply concerned” that a plan set for the November 2018 ballot doesn’t have enough oversight.

He was joined by a number of state heavy-hitters, such as the president of the Utah Jazz, and a handful of patients who support medical cannabis but are turning against the ballot initiative in favor of the church-backed coalition.

Medical-marijuana advocates took the issue to the voters after years of frustration at the state Legislature and easily cleared a high bar to make the November ballot.

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  1. Margaret Marty on

    This is also a church that would love to outlaw coffee and alcohol. Another solid argument for separation of church and state. LDS Church does not pay taxes but does enjoy great wealth and political influence.

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