Billboards urge Utah to vote for medical marijuana by quoting Mormon scripture

Utah’s Prop 2 is fast becoming a struggle between supporters of medical marijuana and the Mormon church. 

Utahns will have the chance to vote on medical marijuana this November.

In the months leading up to the vote, the battle is heating up.

In particular, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon church, has become the biggest opponent of Proposition 2. This week, an anonymous, pro-medical marijuana billboard showed up. In voicing support for Prop 2, the ad appears to target the Mormon church specifically.

Utah’s Proposition 2

In November, Utah residents will vote on Proposition 2. If it passes, the initiative would make medical marijuana legal in the state.


Utah: Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure because they believe it could allow recreational users get marijuana in Utah if it passes in November, but they still want patients with serious medical needs to have access, the Deseret News reported Sunday.

“This isn’t ‘let’s wait till next year to have a conversation.’ It needs to be dealt with soon. There’s an urgency to accomplish this,” said Jack Gerard, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Drug safe Utah releases radio ad opposing pending medical marijuana law

As election season approaches, the battle is heating up over Utah’s Proposition 2, a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis.

A powerful coalition of anti-legalization groups including the Utah Medical Association and Drug Safe Utah have drawn aside the LDS Church to launch a coordinated campaign to tank Prop. 2.

Throughout, proponents of medical cannabis legalization have accused opponents of spreading misinformation and misleading Utah voters about the measure. And today, they took their criticism to the next level, filing an official election complaint over Drug Safe Utah’s latest radio ad opposing Prop. 2.


Utah’s medical marijuana vote is no threat to religious liberty

In a lawsuit filed Aug. 15 in Utah’s state court system, lawyers for the anti-marijuana activist Walter J. Plumb argued that a limited medical marijuana ballot initiative set to go before Utah’s voters Nov. 6 should be thrown out.


Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons’ religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing

Members of the campaign against Utah’s medical marijuana initiative filed a lawsuit in state court Wednesday, seeking to remove the issue from the November ballot.

It is their second lawsuit intending to block voters from weighing in on legalizing the federally illegal plant. Proponents of the measure called the latest filing a “wacky attempt” to stop Utahns from voting on it.

In the complaint, opponents of Proposition 2 — which would legalize marijuana for people with an array of health conditions — said the ballot initiative would tread on their freedom of religion.


Will the Mormon church embrace legal weed in Utah?

The short answer is, as you might have guessed, no.

The medical marijuana initiative craze has officially reached one of the most conservative strongholds in the country. The Utah Patients Coalition released a proposal for The Utah Medical Cannabis Act, which will appear on voter ballots this fall. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints responded to the proposal in an official statement posted to their website last month.


No gummies or edibles allowed as Utah gets set to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients

The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a "right to try" it.

Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.

Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round of public feedback will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.


Despite strong opposition, Utah approves medical cannabis ballot initiative

Anti-cannabis groups' attempts to block the initiative failed, and advocates are now confident that Beehive State voters will approve the measure this fall.


Medical cannabis payment solutions announces acquisition of 40 acres to grow hemp

Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC:REFG), a Nevada corporation specializing in state-of-the-art financial services structured to serve the medical cannabis and banking industries, announced today that it has acquired 40 acres of agricultural land to cultivate hemp as part of Utah’s recently passed law, H.B. 302. 

The company will seek a license to grow hemp as part of the state’s Department of Agriculture and Food licensing program. In 2014, Utah passed H.B. 105, which allowed legal possession and use of CBD oil by registered patients with a doctor’s recommendation and intractable epilepsy. 


Utah’s ‘right to try’ medical marijuana bill is officially in effect

The measure allows terminally ill patients to see if medical marijuana is an effective treatment for them.

Utah’s ‘Right to Try’ medical marijuana bill officially went into effect yesterday. But under the new law, only terminally ill patients will have access to medicinal cannabis.

House Bill 195 (HB195) allows terminally ill patients to possess and use marijuana for medical use. The measure adds medicinal cannabis to the auspices of 2015’s Right to Try Act. That law allows patients with a terminal illness to use medical treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HB195 officially adds medical marijuana as one of the experimental treatments allowed under the Right to Try Act.


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