The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints formally joined the opposition to Utah’s medical marijuana initiative Thursday, adding a powerful voice to a list of opponents that also included dozens of other groups and public figures.
But Elder Jack N. Gerard, a general authority Seventy, said the Utah-based faith isn’t opposed to medical marijuana if administered under supervision of a physician.
The announcement came at an event put on by Drug Safe Utah, the name of the campaign opposing the initiative. The group held a Capitol Hill news conference to unveil an expansion of opponents to the measure that’s known as Proposition 2.
“The church does not object to the medical use of marijuana,” Gerard said, “if doctor prescribed in dosage form through a licensed pharmacy.”
Still, the church intends to fight the initiative at hand in Utah, including by having Elder Craig C. Christensen, president of the Utah Area of the church, send out an email to members urging them to fight the initiative as well. [Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune]