Currently there is a fierce debate between lawmakers in the state of Utah. The debate was sparked by recent talks of legalizing marijuana. Bewilderingly, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon Church, has shown support for its legalization, despite previously opposing its proposition. However, if legalized, medical marijuana would be used to provide treatment for patient who are in dire need for an alternative solution for reducing pain, which is the reason behind why the church supports the legalization.
The Mormon church may back the idea of legalization, but many advocates do not, since the church’s proposition contains the restriction of smoking marijuana. As the November elections approaches, the need of votes for the passage of the deal remain, despite the tremendous backing from the majority republican legislators and a church is not enough. If passed, Utah will be the first Midwestern state passing the legalization of marijuana.