SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Friday night that it has “expressed opposition” to a Utah state legislative bill that would legalize access to the entirety of the marijuana plant for those suffering from a limited number of medical conditions.
Church officials are worried about the “unintended consequences” of Senate Bill 73, a measure proposed by Republican state Sen. Mark Madsen, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said.
“As we have said during previous legislative sessions, there are a number of potential impacts that must be considered in any discussion about the legalization of medical marijuana, including balancing medical need with the necessity of responsible controls,” he said in a statement. “Along with others, we have expressed concern about the unintended consequences that may accompany the legalization of medical marijuana. We have expressed opposition to Senator Madsen’s bill because of that concern.”
Madsen’s bill, if passed, would allow use of the whole marijuana plant for any Utahn suffering from specified medical conditions. He did not answer multiple calls seeking comment Friday night.
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