Written By Aysha Chaudhry
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reached a deal with pro-medical marijuana advocates to provide Mormons access to alternative medicines.
Previously, the Church and marijuana advocates had been fighting on opposing sides in the wake of the upcoming November elections, which would have determined the fate of medicinal drug use. However, they have been able to reach a compromise that will provide patients with proper treatments, while also establishing a plan to keep marijuana out of the hands of those who want to use it for non-medical purposes.
This is a progressive step for an infamously conservative Church and state, which has been at odds with its increasingly progressive voters. In March, Utah voters were 77% in favor of medical marijuana use. Since the agreement is said to already be in the works, voters now won’t have to await the fate of the medical marijuana industry to be decided by ballot in November.