First Presidency asks members to vote against legalization of assisted suicide and recreational marijuana

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to four states in the U.S. urging members to vote against the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide and of recreational marijuana, on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

President Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, members of the First Presidency, sent a letter to the members in Colorado asking them to vote against the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide, according to Deseret News. 

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“We urge church members to let their voices be heard in opposition to measures that would legalize physician-assisted suicide,” said the letter, according to Deseret News.

They said life is a sacred gift and should be cherished even in hard situations,  according to the letter.

The First Presidency also sent a letter to Arizona, California and Nevada, inviting the members to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana, according to Deseret News.

“We urge church members to let their voices be heard in opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana use,” the letter said, according to Deseret News. 

They said the risks of the drug for the public health is well documented, according to the letter

“Recent studies have shed light, particularly on the risks that marijuana use poses to brain development in youth,” according to the letter. “The accessibility of recreational marijuana in the home is also a danger to children.”

The leaders in the congregations of those areas will read the letters for the members in a church meeting. There is not a specific date for when they will be read, according to KUTV. 

'First Presidency asks members to vote against legalization of assisted suicide and recreational marijuana' have 3 comments

  1. October 14, 2016 @ 1:31 pm Brian Kelly

    Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and glorified as an All American pastime, booze.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!


    • October 14, 2016 @ 1:32 pm Brian Kelly

      If prohibitionists really want to protect families from a drug proven to destroy lives and families, then they should be up in arms, protesting the legality of booze.

      Alcohol is the number one cause for traffic fatalities and domestic violence by a huge landslide.

      Alcohol is also infused into literally a ton of deserts and fruity drinks that “The Children” find appealing.

      Why doesn’t the much more harmful yet perfectly legal use of alcohol concern you prohibitionists more than relatively benign marijuana? It should.

      Regarding “The Children”,

      Let’s not use “The Children” as an excuse to prohibit and criminalize adult use of a natural plant far less dangerous than perfectly legal alcohol because nobody condones child use, and this is about allowing adults only to choose marijuana.

      It’s our responsibility as parents by to educate our children on drug use. It’s not the government’s job to force Draconian Marijuana Laws upon every adult citizen under the guise of protecting “The Children”.

      What message are we sending our children when it is easier for them to obtain marijuana now with it being illegal than it is for them to buy alcohol?

      It doesn’t take the intellect of a genius to understand that stores card kids for I.D. Thugs and gang members do not. They also push the real hard drugs on children. Stores do not.

      Marijuana legalization will make it harder for children to obtain it.

      What message does it send our children when the President of The United States himself alongside a long list of successful people openly admit regular pot use at one time or another in their lives?

      While we tell our kids how it will ruin their futures, and then ensure so, by allowing our government to to jail our children and give them permanent criminal records when they get caught with a little Marijuana. Especially, if they are the wrong skin color or from the “wrong neighborhood”. Which in turn, ruins their chances of employment for life.

      The Prohibition of Marijuana is the wrong message to send our children while we glorify, advertise and promote the much more dangerous use of alcohol like it’s an all American pastime.

      The worst thing about marijuana and our children is what happens to them when they get caught up in the criminal justice system due to it’s prohibition.

      Protect “The Children” and Our Neighborhoods Through The Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Nationwide!


  2. October 14, 2016 @ 5:18 pm Bradley Williams

    The Colorado promoters of assisted suicide are guilty of false advertising. Their bills do not deliver as promised. If they are really supporting individual choices and rights they would provide an ordinary witness to the self administration of the lethal dose. Without a witness they are promoting forced euthanasia. I learned after caring for my wife’s last 18 months of declining autonomy. I learned that you can work on 4 hours sleep. I am focused on how this Prop 106 is written, it’s omissions and how it could be administered to my wife.
    Colorado Prop 106 provides no ordinary witness to the “self-administration of poison”.
    Even as the promoters have inundated us with their chant that the lethal dose “must be self-administered” and mentioned it 9 times in their 11 page Prop 106 they do not provide an ordinary witness to the act. That omission effectively eviscerates all of the so called safeguards. The difference between having a witness to “self administration” and no witness is that one honors individual rights and the other is non voluntary euthanasia. A promoter was once asked “why don’t you just legalize euthanasia?” He said “the public is not ready to accept euthanasia.”
    The process seems to be full of requirements on the front end up until the script is written. Then an heir can pick up the script and administer it without oversight. Know that only 2% of the doctors have attended these events in other states.
    Even the front end “requirements” have fatal flaws. A predatory heir may be a witness to the initial request along with a staff member of the facility. Does that sound like good public policy?
    The rest of the family is not required to be contacted. And everyone involved gets instant immunity. The death certificate is falsified by this law which makes it impossible to prosecute a murder when the death certificate states the underlying illness is the cause of death. There really is no transparent reason not to post poison as the cause.
    This bill Final #145 Article 48 provides that a predatory heir can facilitate the signup process, murder the individual and receive immunity all before the rest of the family is notified. This is neither reasonable nor prudent public policy. This is dangerous public policy that puts the entire population (all ages) at risk of exploitation by the medical-industrial-complex, organ traffickers and predatory heirs.
    I encourage people to read the Oregon model bill before taking a, or expounding on their position. We will agree no matter our starting position that this Prop 106 does not deliver.
    This bill is not the one.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Bradley Williams
    MTaas dot org


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