The Mormon Church has officially voiced its opposition to efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. Elder Jack N. Gerard, joined by politicians, church leaders, and healthcare providers, announced at a press conference on Thursday that the Mormon Church will oppose Proposition 2. Voters in Utah will decide in November on the initiative that would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis in the state.
Gerard said that the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) does not want Utah to follow the lead of the other 30 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
“We are deeply concerned by the history of other states that have allowed medical and recreational use of this drug … and have experienced serious consequences to the health of its citizens,” he said. “We want to prevent unwanted consequences in this state.”
“We urge the voters of Utah to vote no on Proposition 2,” Gerard added.
The views of the Mormon Church can be very influential in state politics in Utah, where 60 percent of the population are members of the church.
Opposition Evolved Slowly
Thursday’s press conference was the first time the Mormon Church has publicly stated its opposition to Proposition 2. In April, church leaders