LDS Church softens its opposition to medical marijuana bill

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SALT LAKE CITY — In a new statement, the LDS Church appears to have softened its opposition to Senate Bill 73, which would bring medical marijuana to Utah.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent FOX 13 the statement as the Utah State Senate is set to debate SB73 for the second day.

The LDS Church appeared to soften its position on SB73, but still did not support the legislation.

The statement reads:

“In our view, the issue for the Utah Legislature is how to enable the use of marijuana extracts to help people who are suffering, without increasing the likelihood of misuse at a time when drug abuse in the United States is at epidemic proportions, especially among youth. Recent changes to SB 73 are a substantial improvement. We continue to urge Legislators to take into account the acknowledged need for scientific research in this matter and to fully address regulatory controls on manufacture and distribution for the health and safety of all Utahns.”


  • Craig Smith

    As a member of the LDS Church, I don’t want the Church involved in the legal process of legislating, advising, counseling, or endorsing a specific bill or passage of a law. I do however expect them, and any other church, to counsel its members on how to live their lives, given the laws of the land, and how best to lead their lives to be good citizens and good members of their congregations. Churches should stay out of politics, and government should stay out of the policies of churches. I do realize this is never the case anywhere, but it’s a nice dream.

  • edkociela

    NOTE TO LDS CHURCH: Mind your own business. You do NOT represent the will of all of the people. Your judgment on this issue is clouded in the racism that originally led to the outlawing of cannabis in the United States. Your influence over the Legislature is an embarrassment, unethical and a violation of IRS tax exemption clauses, not that it matters. Word of wisdom? Stay out of politics. And, as far as medications are concerned, perhaps you should look at the effects of the painkillers and other drugs out there than kill people. Number of people who died from marijuana overdose ever? Zero. Get a life and get out of the lives of those who choose another faith path.

  • FedUpAgain

    These self righteous organizations need to mind their own damn business and stick to preaching their message to people who actually want to hear it. You’re not the only ones in this state – actually not even the majority – and the rest of us are tired of you trying to jam your positions down our throats. Enough is enough.

  • Lochsloy

    Tons of research. It was used and in the medical pharmaceutical books from the 1870’s until the 30’s when they changed the name and outlawed it. It was intentionally categorized with heroin so research was not allowed here. Cancer Vid

  • saltcityslasher

    This isn’t as bad as some should think. Colorado is right next door, they go massive amounts of info. They are full blown legal, and we can take any statistic, and see how our future would be, if we applied same methods. Looking at how much taxes this stuff brings in, I am shocked were not going for full legalization, cause it would bring enough in, to kick out the polluters who make up large portion of our taxes. Medical will still bring in nice chunk. It just seems Colorado is so much better going from medical to full legalization. Then again this is just based off all the documentaries I’ve seen on Netflix about Colorado.

  • Ryan Fleenor

    The entity mention above messed up: the bill address it as “cannabis”, and the entity address it as marijuana….
    Thank god they did not bless it.
    Possibly now it will pass now.
    While I believe the entity should not be of any influence if their recognition of the bill is flawed, as it is apparent. Thus, irrelevant.
    Shows me nothing but, the lack of fortitude from the entity as if they possible scan read the bill.

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