Earlier this month, Utah voters officially approved Proposition 2, a piece of legislation that officially legalized medical marijuana throughout the state. Needless to say, Utah residents are more than knowledgeable about this issue, which sparked a great deal of controversy due to disagreements between state lawmakers and the Mormon Church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Likewise, the public was not pleased when the government stepped in to edit Proposition 2 and replace it with an updated “compromise bill,” which only tightened the noose for medical pot. How have people reacted to this incident? Let’s just say some activist groups are not on a “high” at this moment. Let’s take a closer look at how pro-marijuana supporters are planning to sue the Mormon Church.
Lawsuit in the Making
On November 14, news sources indicated these groups would move forward with this activity after a non-spoliation letter was issued to several groups of lawmakers as well as representatives from the Mormon Church. Overall, the letter’s authors included spokespeople from the Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) and the Epilepsy Association of Utah, groups that showed full support for Proposition 2 in the pre-election weeks. Overall, the letter has warned the government and Mormon Church about the lawsuit and has ordered them not to destroy or tamper with evidence that could be essential in a court hearing.
So why is this a problem worth noting? Consider, for a fact, that 62.8% of Utah residents are members of the Mormon Church, and that percentage includes state lawmakers. Now, consider that the Church strongly opposed Proposition 2 out of fear that marijuana would be glorified, and you might begin to see why these groups are upset.
So, Now What?
At this time, TRUCE and the Epilepsy Association have not filed the lawsuit yet, but the letter has warned members of the Church and lawmakers that, if the “compromise bill” overrules Proposition 2, things will get sticky. According to the letter, the groups have referred to the Church’s action as a direct interference of State Law and a sign of complete domination. For now, we will have to wait and see what happens next.
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