The Mormon church decided to attack a Utah bill that would legalize edible cannabis products as a form of medicine. This position could be a bad attack to one of the two medical cannabis proposals that lawmakers have made. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that leaders are concerned about the consequences that could come about from the measure Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain came up with. Most Utah lawmakers are part of the Salt Lake City-based religion, and the church’s announcement can easily persuade them.
The church is not opposed to another medical pot bill which would let people consume a cannabis-infused oil, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. Madsen said to The Salt Lake Tribune that church supporters told him and legislative leaders about their disagreement but did not say why they had it.
“Maybe they don’t want to be known as the special interest who put their thumb on the scale and decided this for everyone in the state,” Madsen said. “If they’re going to put their thumb on the scale politically and force everyone to a standard, then I think they owe something of an explanation to the people.”
Both of the medical cannabis bills have received approval and are likely going to be argued over in from of the entire Utah Senate very soon. Madsen’s proposal would give thousands access to edible products, but would not allow them to smoke recreational cannabis. Madsen says that Utah should be a part of more than twenty states that have allowed medical marijuana. However, some Republicans say that the issue is that the plan isn’t specific enough. The bill did not go through by just one vote last year. The other cannabis proposal would let just a couple thousand people with cancer, HIV and other conditions use a cannabis-infused oil.