Mormon Church Opposes Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative

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Dan Cottam, that pushes back against the notion that the Utah Medical Association speaks for all doctors. By Brady McCombs SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church came out against a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah on Tuesday as opposition mounts against the proposal that would allow people with certain medical conditions access to pot. The church says it respects “the wise counsel” the state’s doctors and pointed to a statement from the Utah Medical Association, which earlier this month accused advocates of just trying to pave the way for legalizing recreational marijuana. “We commend the Utah Medical Association for its statement,” the church said, “cautioning that the proposed Utah marijuana initiative would compromise the health and safety of Utah communities.” The church stance isn’t surprising. The Utah Patients Coalition, which supports the initiative, issued a statement Tuesday from its medical adviser, Dr. That includes a new law this past session that will make it legal next year for approved farmers to grow medical marijuana for researchers and dying patients.

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By Brady McCombs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church came out against a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah on Tuesday as opposition mounts against the proposal that would allow people with certain medical conditions access to pot.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement Tuesday that drugs designed to ease suffering should be tested and approved by officials first. About two-thirds of Utah residents belong to the religion.

The church says it respects “the wise counsel” the state’s doctors and pointed to a statement from the Utah Medical Association, which earlier this month accused advocates of just trying to pave the way for legalizing recreational marijuana.

“We commend the Utah Medical Association for its statement,” the church said, “cautioning that the proposed Utah marijuana initiative would compromise the health and safety of Utah communities.”

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