After The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement regarding medical marijuana in Utah, state and Church leaders made a compromise at a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 2 regarding Proposition 2.
According to Newsroom, “Opponents believe the proposition does not strike the proper balance in ensuring safe and reasonable access for patients while also protecting youth and preventing other society harms.”
The compromise is a bill that makes changes to how medical marijuana would be sold, how it can be ingested and what is considered a condition that qualifies someone to carry a cannabis card. It also explains that a licensed pharmacist will sell the cannabis, and those who require it will not be allowed to grow the plant themselves.
Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ, addressed the Church’s support of medical marijuana in August and encouraged members to vote no on Proposition 2. Gerard in the Oct. 2 conference explained the Church’s stance on the new compromise.
“While the Church remains opposed to Proposition 2, and encourages others to vote against it, we now join with a broader community in support of this compromise,” Gerard said.
After Proposition 2 was first released there was quick opposition, not only from the Church but from other coalition groups. After the compromise, however, opponents have agreed to be “less vocal” with their disagreements.
Deseret News reported that Michelle McOmber, CEO of the Utah Medical Association stated that the association has stepped back and will no longer campaign against Proposition 2 even though their views have not changed.
According to Deseret News, there is also an increased chance that with the new compromise voters will become confused between the proposition and the bill.
“Compromise legislation announced last week between the proponents and opponents of Proposition 2 could lead to a bill that will become the envy of, and model for, the nation,” The Deseret News editorial board wrote. “That is the Utah way. But voters risk getting confused between the proposition and the proposed legislation.”
Governor Gary Herbert also said at the conference that he plans on having a special session after the election in November to try and pass a better bill.