Medical Marijuana Group Threatens to Sue Mormon Church Over Improper Relationship with State Legislators

A medical marijuana group in Utah is threatening to sue the Mormon Church for its role in creating a compromise bill to legalize medicinal cannabis.

An attorney representing Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) sent a letter Mormon Church lobbyists, the Utah Patients Coalition, the Utah Medical Association and members of the Utah State Legislature telling them to keep their records related to a compromise medical marijuana bill in Utah. The attorney particularly called out the Mormon Church for its outsized influence in determining politics in the state of Utah.

"The Church of Jesus Christ has caused the sponsorship, passage, and/or defeat of many public laws—state, county, and municipal—for many years. It is common knowledge that no liquor bill, sex education bill, gambling bill, or sexual orientation/gender identity bill will be passed by the Legislature without the support of The Church of Jesus Christ," wrote attorney Rocky Anderson.

TRUCE says they will file a lawsuit if the Utah legislature passes a compromise medical marijuana bill that was drafted by the Utah state legislature, pro-marijuana groups, anti-marijuana groups and the Mormon Church. The compromise bill was meant to amend some of the more liberal aspects of Utah's ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana so it would be more acceptable to groups opposing the initiative.

But TRUCE says that since Utah voters approved the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, the state legislature should only put the initiative into place and not introduce the compromise bill. They said they will go through with their lawsuit if the compromise bill becomes law.

(h/t Fox Salt Lake City)

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