Utah State Senator Mark Madsen (R) has been working on gathering support for a medical cannabis bill in the state legislature since last summer. Now that he is getting close to his goal, the Mormon Church has seen fit to weigh in and possibly cost him the votes he needs for passage.
Earlier this month the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement in opposition to Madsen’s bill.
"Along with others, we have expressed concern about the unintended consequences that may accompany the legalization of medical marijuana," church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in the statement. "We have expressed opposition to Senator Madsen's bill because of that concern."
Unintended consequences? What might those be? And how could they outweigh the intended consequences, namely helping tens of thousands of sick people find the natural, safe relief they need?
The Church’s statement caused at least one state Senator to flip on Madsen and join the opposition. Such is the power of the Mormon Church in Utah.
The Church has since clarified their statement to include their support for a CBD-only bill, showing their superficial knowledge of cannabis and its uses. While THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high, it also has medical properties. Barring it from being legalized medically hurts a lot of people and makes them remain criminals in the eyes of the law.
A vote on both the more robust medical marijuana bill and the CBD-only bill are supposed to come soon in the state Senate. If you live in Utah and want to see medical marijuana passed, you might want to make your voice heard, and quickly.
It’s a shame that the Mormon Church is spending time interfering with people’s personal lives when they could better use that time guiding people’s spiritual lives.