SALT LAKE CITY — Reaction is pouring in after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a legal analysis of the medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah, and one active member of the LDS Church whose son is terminally ill read the memo and is confused about why the church is holdin Church Urges ‘Cautious Approach’ on Medical Marijuana Issue in Utah UPDATE — Church Statement Issued Monday, February 22, 2016 The Church issued this additional statement on Monday, February Mormons give blessing to Utah CBD bill, but against THC products SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its differing opinions on two separate pieces of
LDS father who uses CBD oil to treat son reacts to church’s stance on medical marijuana ballot initiative
SALT LAKE CITY — Reaction is pouring in after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a legal analysis of the medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah, and one active member of the LDS Church whose son is terminally ill read the memo and is confused about why the church is holding such a strong stance.
“My faith in God has only grown understanding how cannabis works in our body,” Dave Cromar said.
Through prayer and revelation, Cromar says he was guided to medical marijuana four years ago to help his then 7-year-old son, who suffers from epilepsy.
“It’s the first time we found true success and healing in our son,” Cromar said.
So Cromar moved his family from Utah to Colorado to legally get CBD oil for his son. He said he was overwhelmed with support from fellow LDS members as well as his local leaders in Colorado.
“Our stake president in Colorado said, ‘I’m a cancer survivor and I wish I had that option when I was going through all that,’” Cromar said.
When CBD oil was legalized in Utah his family moved back, but he says there’s a stark contrast in how he is treated.
“I was just blown away,” he said. “I don’t know what the issue is with it specific to Utah.”
Friday, the LDS Church released its most detailed argument yet for why Utah should not legalize medical marijuana using the current ballot initiative. The analysis outlined 31 results that the LDS Church said “raises grave concerns.”
According the analysis conducted by a law firm in Salt Lake City, those concerns include allowing people to grow their own marijuana, creating significant challenges for law enforcement, allowing dispensaries to give free samples, allowing minors to use medical marijuana, requiring science to be ignored, and concerns that large numbers of Utahns will likely qualify for medical cannabis cards.
Those behind the medical marijuana ballot initiative say they respect opinions of those who disagree but say the initiative, “…ensures that those who need this God-given plant for medicinal purposes can use it without fear of criminal punishment.”
But now some LDS Church members like Cromar are left with questions for church leaders.
“I would like to know these statements that you’re making, are they coming from revelation or are they just pure opposition to legal issues, or where is this coming from? This isn’t doctrine so what is it?” Cromar said.
The ballot initiative appears to have secured enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot, but the Lt. Gov. must officially certify which ballot initiatives were successful by May 15.
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Church Urges ‘Cautious Approach’ on Medical Marijuana Issue in Utah
UPDATE — Church Statement Issued Monday, February 22, 2016
The Church issued this additional statement on Monday, February 22, in response to news media requests:
In our view, the issue for the Utah Legislature is how to enable the use of marijuana extracts to help people who are suffering, without increasing the likelihood of misuse at a time when drug abuse in the United States is at epidemic proportions, especially among youth. Recent changes to SB 73 are a substantial improvement. We continue to urge legislators to take into account the acknowledged need for scientific research in this matter and to fully address regulatory controls on manufacture and distribution for the health and safety of all Utahns.
As the Utah State Legislature considers two bills on the use of medical marijuana, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statements outlining its position.
Church Statement Issued Friday, February 12, 2016
While we are not in a position to evaluate specific medical claims, the Church understands that there are some individuals who may benefit from the medical use of compounds found in marijuana. For that reason, although the Church opposes SB 73, it has raised no objection to SB 89. These two competing pieces of legislation take very different approaches when it comes to issues like access, distribution, control and the potential harm of the hallucinogenic compound, THC.
In addition to the therapeutic, treatment, and control questions, there are several other important issues to be resolved. At the forefront is that the use of medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law. We agree with groups such as the American Medical Association, who have said (see the AMA policy below) that further study is warranted before significant public policy decisions on marijuana are advanced. For these reasons, the Church urges a cautious approach.
Church Statement Issued Friday, February 5, 2016
As we have said during previous legislative sessions, there are a number of potential impacts that must be considered in any discussion about the legalization of medical marijuana, including balancing medical need with the necessity of responsible controls.
Along with others, we have expressed concern about the unintended consequences that may accompany the legalization of medical marijuana. We have expressed opposition to [SB 73] because of that concern. We are raising no objection to the other bill that addresses this issue.
Mormons give blessing to Utah CBD bill, but against THC products
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its differing opinions on two separate pieces of medical marijuana legislation.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the church specified its concerns in a statement last week, saying the measures take very different approaches to access, distribution and control of the hallucinogenic compound THC.
Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs) sponsored a bill that allows patients with a doctor’s recommendation to access products containing THC. He said in early February that the church owed an explanation to the people for its differing views.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City) and Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem), with which the church finds no objection, legalizes products containing marijuana plant extracts containing almost no THC, just cannabidiol.
The church’s statement acknowledges that some patients may find relief in certain compounds of marijuana.
Senators could vote on both measures this week.
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