Mormon Church opposes Utah Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on February 09, 2016.

The Mormon Church has openly come out against a Utah Bill, which would allow the use of medical marijuana. The bill was proposed by Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain. The Church's opposition may come as a serious blow to the pro-marijuana efforts.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the consequences of the marijuana initiative, make them worried. The Church does not object to another´╗┐ medical marijuana bill that would allow access to a marijuana-infused oil, as that would serve the purpose of people diagnosed with cancer, HIV and other conditions.

Both medical marijuana bills have already been approved by the committee. They are expected to be debated before the full Utah Senate within a week or so. The main marijuana proposal aims at allowing tens of thousands of residents in Utah with chronic or debilitating conditions get access to edible pot products. But, smoking pot would remain banned. It can be noted that the same proposal was defeated last year by just one vote.

The other medical marijuana, which is backed by the Church, would allow patients diagnosed with cancer, HIV etc. to use a marijuana-infused oil, as mentioned above. The The cannabidiol oil is made from a strain of the cannabis plant that's low in THC. It helps in fighting seizures.

If approved, the medical marijuana initiative would set up strict controls on licensing and tracking of those who get the approval to produce and dispense the cannabidiol oil. Doctors treating the patients that need medical marijuana, would be registered with the state and undergo a training process. There would be separate medical cannabidiol cards for the patients.

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