Mormon church backs deal to legalize medical marijuana in Utah

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Ranking global leader Jack Gerard said they were ‘thrilled’ to be part of effort to ‘alleviate human pain and suffering’

The Mormon church joined lawmakers, the governor and advocates to back a deal on Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah after months of fierce debate.

The compromise comes as people prepare to vote in November on an insurgent medical marijuana ballot initiative that held its ground despite opposition from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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