The LDS Church And The Politics Of Medical Cannabis In Utah

Dec 10, 2018

Monday, we’re talking about what role the LDS Church played in the shaping of Utah’s medical cannabis law.  Some say the Church got too involved in the recent political debate. What's appropriate when religious officials weigh in on politics?

Voters last month approved a proposition that made Utah one of the latest states to legalize medical cannabis. The LDS Church was an outspoken opponent of the initiative, but then became actively involved in crafting the compromise legislation that lawmakers passed last week. Monday, we’re looking at what role the Church had in the political process. Both of our guests say it was pretty complete. So was that influence, legal, or democratic, or proper?


  • Quin Monson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, and a senior scholar for the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. With David Campbell, he's the author of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics [Indiebound|Amazon]
  • Stephen Urquhart served in the Utah State Legislature for 16 years. He’s currently the global ambassador for the University of Utah.