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The Church and marijuana

Written by Sam Dalton, @_SamDalton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Feb. 12 with regards to two bills on the use of medical marijuana that are under consideration in the Utah State Legislature.

“While we are not in a position to evaluate specific medical claims, the Church understands that there are some individuals who may benefit from the medical use of compounds found in marijuana,” according to the Church’s press release. “For that reason, although the Church opposes SB 73, it has raised no objection to SB 89.”

The Church is concerned about the issues of access, distribution and potential harm of the hallucinogenic compound, THC. One major concern of the Church regarding this legislation is that medical marijuana use is still illegal under federal law, according to the press release.

“We agree with groups such as the American Medical Association, who have said that further study is warranted before significant public policy decisions on marijuana are advanced. For these reasons, the Church urges a cautious approach,” according to the press release.

The American Medical Association sees it necessary to further studies and funding of the use of marijuana and related substances in treating diseases while still conforming to federal laws regarding controlled substances, according to American Medical Association Policy H-95.952 Cannabis for Medicinal Use.

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