Message from Elder Craig C. Christensen, President of the Church’s Utah Area

Additional Resource

The following email was sent to Latter-day Saints in Utah on Thursday, August 23, 2018. See the associated news release for more information.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In November, Proposition 2, an initiative that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana, will appear on the ballot in Utah. Its proponents assert that it will make medical marijuana available to those suffering with debilitating pain and other infirmities. However, in truth it goes much further, creating a serious threat to health and public safety, especially for our youth and young adults, by making marijuana generally available with few controls.

The Church joins a coalition of medical experts, public officials, and community stakeholders in calling for a safe and compassionate approach to providing medical marijuana to those in need. The Church does not object to the medicinal use of marijuana, if doctor prescribed, in dosage form, through a licensed pharmacy.

As a member of the coalition, we urge voters of Utah to vote NO on Proposition 2 and join us in a call to state elected officials to promptly work with medical experts, patients and community leaders to find a solution that will work for all Utahns, without the harmful effects that will come to pass if Proposition 2 becomes law.

Elder Craig C. Christensen

President, Utah Area

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