LDS Church calls for more study of medical marijuana

SALT LAKE CITY — An LDS Church statement says more research on the benefits and risks of medical marijuana is necessary before it is approved for use by patients.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday in response to questions about a proposal that would put an initiative legalizing medical marijuana on the Utah ballot in 2018.

The Utah Patients Coalition filed paperwork for a ballot initiative on Monday. If the Lt. Governor’s Office certifies the paperwork, the coalition will attempt to gather 113,000 signatures by April 15 to put the issue on the 2018 ballot.

“Lawmakers across the country have wrestled with whether to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement. “This discussion raises legitimate questions regarding the benefits and risks of legalizing a drug that has not gone through the well-established and rigorous

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