Lawsuit claims medical marijuana law was weakened by unconstitutional “domination and interference” by Mormon church

Lawsuit claims medical marijuana law was weakened by unconstitutional “domination and interference” by Mormon church

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(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) Christine Stenquist, right, Executive Director and Founder of TRUCE – a group of concerned patients and caregivers advocating for safe legal access to medical cannabis in Utah, holds back tears as she listens to Doug Rice talk about carrying for his daughter Ashley who suffers from seizures, during a news conference, at the State capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday May 8, 2018, in response to the UMAs desperate measures to get signatures removed from the medical cannabis ballot initiative. Medical cannabis advocates outraged by Monday’s passage of a Proposition 2 replacement law are suing the state, accusing the Utah Legislature of abridging the rights of voters in an effort to appease The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The complaint, not yet filed but released Wednesday by attorney and former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, seeks to overturn the Utah Medical Cannabis Act , the proposal pitched as a compromise between supporters and opponents of the ballot initiative. The heads of the Epilepsy Association of Utah (EAU) and Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), say the act violates the state constitution’s provision for ballot initiatives, by sweeping aside the cannabis plan approved by voters, as well as amounting to “the unconstitutional domination of the State, and interference with the State’s functions, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” The cannabis act took shape in meetings between officials, Prop 2 opponents — including the LDS Church and the Utah Medical Association — and the group that sponsored the ballot initiative. “In … direct contravention of the expressed will of the People, … the Legislature, at the behest of the Church and as a result of the Church’s domination and interference, voted to dramatically undermine core purposes of […]

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