Billboards Urge Utah to Vote for Medical Marijuana by Quoting Mormon Scripture

Utahns will have the chance to vote on medical marijuana this November. In the months leading up to the vote, the battle is heating up. In particular, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon church, has become the biggest opponent of Proposition 2.

This week, an anonymous, pro-medical marijuana billboard showed up. In voicing support for Prop 2, the ad appears to target the Mormon church specifically.

Utah’s Proposition 2

In November, Utah residents will vote on Proposition 2. If it passes, the initiative would make medical marijuana legal in the state.

Despite relatively high popular support—a July survey found 66 percent of Utah voters support Prop 2—the Salt Lake City-based Mormon church has spoken out against the initiative.

But now, it looks like somebody is pushing back against the church, which holds significant political sway in the state. Earlier this week, a billboard showed up along Interstate 15 encouraging support for Prop 2.

But the ad took a very specific approach. It quoted Mormon scripture as the basis for supporting Prop 2.

The billboard quoted from a book called the Doctrine and Covenants. In particular, it drew from a section of the

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