October has been an epicenter for the marijuana debate. Recently, California’s Governor Brown declared that medical marijuana would be illegal in schools, while the state claims to have plans to open artisan marijuana allocations in wine country. Meanwhile, children and teens have been falling prey to THC-laced gummies, and the first marijuana restaurant has opened up in Arizona. On top of that, our president has issued a new rule about state regulations on the drug. What else could possibly happen? How about a recent issue from the Mormon Church in which they pledged their support for cannabis in Utah? Let’s take a look at the story that has made headlines today, October 11, 2018.
Church and State Unite
Back in September, the Mormon Church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) voiced its support for the legalization of marijuana in the State of Utah. Now, one month later, it has reached an agreement with the state government to confirm that medical-grade cannabis can be used by Utah residents. Introduced after mid-term elections on November 6th, the bill will introduce voters to a new set of regulations concerning the drug.
Tagged Proposition 2, this bill will allow people to hold a medical cannabis license (issued by the State of Utah) and grow private batches of the plant in their residential homes. However, these individuals may only do so if a marijuana dispensary has not been established near their place of residence before the year 2021.
While supportive of legal medical marijuana, the Mormon Church has teamed up with members from the legal and medical communities to contradict the bill. As explained in the proposed deal, Governor Herbert will call forth an emergency meeting for the state legislature, in which officials would discuss plans to legalize medical marijuana. This decision will come into play whether people have voted “for” or “against” the bill.
Meanwhile, the Mormon Church has expressed its distaste (so to speak) towards edibles and homegrown marijuana, which they believe are easily accessible by children.
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