Lawsuit to block medical marijuana initiative claims measure violates Mormons’ religious freedom

Aug 20, 2018

By Ben Winslow

A lawsuit has been filed seeking to block Proposition 2 from going on the November ballot, claiming Mormons freedom of religion rights would be infringed upon if medical marijuana were to be legal in Utah.

The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah and Walter Plumb III, tries to stop Lt. Governor Spencer Cox from putting the medical marijuana ballot initiative before voters. It’s the second lawsuit of its kind seeking to block Proposition 2.

“In the United States of America, members of all religions, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have a constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs. This includes the right not to consort with, be around, or do business with people engaging in activities which their religion finds repugnant, and to refuse to lease their property to people engaging in activities which they deeply oppose,” the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit cites the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple based on deeply held religious beliefs. It argued that forcing a Mormon property owner to rent to someone who uses cannabis would violate a property owner’s religious beliefs.

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4 comments on “Lawsuit to block medical marijuana initiative claims measure violates Mormons’ religious freedom

  • Hm.

    What if the potential tenant is taking anti-depressants?

    Or being treated for PTSD?

    It seems like the group formerly-formerly-known-as-Mormons are painting themselves into a very rigid corner.



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  • @OP -“In the United States of America, members of all religions,
    including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    have a constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs.
    This includes the right not to consort with, be around, or do business with people engaging in activities which their religion finds repugnant, and to refuse to lease their property to people engaging in activities which they deeply oppose,” the lawsuit reads.

    Religious hermits have been exercising this right for generations!

    Could I suggest that those who see the normal legal activities of other citizens as repugnant, due to their own religious bigotry, find an isolated cave in some remote location, and go and live in it!

    and to refuse to lease their property to people engaging in activities which they deeply oppose,” the lawsuit reads.

    Obviously in a suitably remote location, particularly if it lacked communication links, other people would not trouble them with doing any business at all!

    Problem solved!



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  • Vicki

    Seems like they’ve definitely not thought this through. No attempt at rational policy whatsoever. One of the most harmless drugs around and one of the most frequently used. Do they really think they’re stopping anyone from partaking? ha. Do they know that there’s a black market supply that has been perfectly adequate for decades?

    Any-who…Jesus never said one single thing against weed in his whole life so there, and with that guy’s anger issues, et-hem, he would’ve done well to toke it up from time to time. Chill Jesus dude, chill!



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  • @OP – This includes the right not to consort with, be around, or do business with people engaging in activities which their religion finds repugnant,

    @#2 Obviously in a suitably remote location, particularly if it lacked communication links, other people would not trouble them with doing any business at all!

    Perhaps living on another planet would meet their requirements!

    (Of course they think some LDS members already are on another planet! 🙂

    (Kolob is a star or planet described in Mormon scripture. )



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