How the Mormon church unlocked medical pot for deep red states
On a Thursday in October 2018, a handful of Utah’s top lawmakers, representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and medical marijuana advocates filed into the Gold Room, an ornate space in the state Capitol.
They were joined by the Utah Medical Association and law enforcement groups to announce a deal to legalize medical marijuana across the state.
Everyone was there in large part because the church had decided they would be.
“You could just almost hear the teeth grinding of the law enforcement — and some of...