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Race, Religion & Social Justice

The LDS Church Hardens Stance Against Medical Marijuana Initiative

Lee Hale

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doubling down on their opposition to a citizen-led initiative expanding access to medical marijuana. In a statement released Friday, a church spokesperson wrote that the initiative raises “grave concerns” and that “the negative effects of marijuana are well-known.”

Attached to the statement is a 31-point memorandum from a Salt Lake law firm, Kirton McKonkie, that was commissioned by the LDS Church. The document warns that this initiative could lead to Utahns growing their own marijuana, complicate illegal drug enforcement and allow access to minors.


The memorandum argues that the state is not ready to regulate medical marijuana and that any legal access could lead to rampant use.

While the church considers itself politically neutral, it will weigh in on hot button issues. The LDS Church encouraged all state residents to read the memorandum and make their own judgment.


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