In a few short weeks, the citizens of Utah will vote on a proposition that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. For much of the debate, the Mormon Church, which is powerful in Utah, was firmly against the notion. This past Thursday, however, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a compromise.
Regardless of what the citizens of the state vote next month, medical marijuana will be taken up by the Utah State Legislature. Any bill taken up, however, will have stricter control mechanisms than other states that have legalized the drug’s medical use. The Mormon Church’s fear was that loosened controls on medical marijuana would mean an uptick in recreational use.
Gov. Herbert stated at a press conference:
Today we have a group of people who’ve come together to help create a better policy than exists in Proposition 2, which will provide for us to have access to safe cannabis-based treatments and really a framework for true medical marijuana use.
And Elder Jack Gerard of the Mormon Church stated:
We believe it creates a framework that is good for patients, their caregivers, is good for children, and in our mind, that’s good for Utah.
The biggest difference in what Utah is proposing is that medical marijuana will not be available at dispensaries, as it is in other states. It will only be available at pharmacies. This is an effort to crack down on those who would take advantage of the law.
People were surprised by the Mormon Church’s acquiescence.
Growing for God
— katherine dillingerk (@KDillingerk) October 5, 2018
— Montana (@montanazion) October 5, 2018
That's a surprise.
If they support it, I don't think it will fail.
— Crazy for Astrid S (@JedBrown5) October 4, 2018
I guess John Smith’s underwear will really be magic now!!! WTF?
— charlie pitcock (@cpitcock12) October 5, 2018
Others speculated about the reasons for the newfound support.
After they realized it was going pass in #prop2 even with their public opposition.
— Caprice Bona (@capricebona) October 5, 2018
The Mormons have bought a pot farm folks
— Scott hillman (@Carlial921) October 5, 2018
Mormon Church running out of money and gonna grow and sell?
— Mr. Commonsense (@Mikey82656152) October 5, 2018
Guess the magic underwear wasn’t working
— Mueller Is Coming (@vicsepulveda) October 5, 2018
While others just thanked the Church.
Amazing! Thank you @LDSchurch! It is the right thing to do.
— Michael Peroff (@michaelperoff) October 5, 2018
— Carmen Sigo (@SigoCarmen) October 4, 2018
Finally a religion that is being progressive. I might have to look into this mormon thing.
— The real Mr. Smith (@wwsmith31) October 5, 2018
Utah citizens go to the polls next month.