Mormon Coalition Says Legalizing Medical Marijuana Violates Their Religious Freedoms

Some Mormons are upset that an upcoming cannabis ballot initiative would prevent them from discriminating against medical marijuana patients.

Recently, a coalition of Utah-based anti-marijuana groups filed a lawsuit against Proposition 2 - a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state if voters approve it this November. Under Proposition 2, landlords would not be allowed to refuse to rent apartments to tenants who are medical marijuana patients. And that rule has drawn the ire of the coalition, which sees the provision as a violation of their religious freedoms.

People of the Mormon faith are not supposed to consume psychoactive drugs or associate with people who do. So the coalition is against any law that would force Mormon landlords to associate with cannabis consumers. And while their objection might sound ridiculous, the lawsuit is being backed by some of the best-funded and most active anti-cannabis groups in Utah.

Their opposition to medical marijuana is being met with disgust by advocates, who are appalled that some people are willing to stigmatize patients.  

"These groups should be ashamed of themselves for calling sick and afflicted patients morally repugnant," said DJ Sanchez - a campaigner for Prop 2. 

Hopefully the majority of voters agree that Utahns shouldn't put religious beliefs ahead of the health of their neighbors.

H/T: High Times


Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) isn't the most vocal cannabis advocate on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, but you shouldn't take that as a lack of support for marijuana legalization. Unlike many of the top contenders for the upcoming Democratic primaries, Ryan hasn't filed any of his own cannabis legalization bills.

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