Earlier this month, voters in Utah said yes to Proposition 2, which legalized medical marijuana. But despite the popular victory, Utah’s medical marijuana battle is far from over. Recently, state lawmakers scheduled a special legislative session aimed at replacing Proposition 2 with a “compromise bill.” Now, medical marijuana activists are threatening a lawsuit against state lawmakers and other powerful groups in the state.
On November 14, attorney Ross “Rocky” Anderson sent a “non-spoliation letter” to several key leaders in Utah. Among the recipients were several lawmakers and representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon Church.
The notice was sent on behalf of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) and The Epilepsy Association of Utah. Both were leading advocacy groups in support of Proposition 2.
The letter stated that the groups are now looking into a potential lawsuit. Additionally, it warned recipients against deleting, destroying, or damaging any records that could eventually become evidence if the lawsuit materializes.
The Mormon Church is at the heart of the possible lawsuit. More specifically, the degree to which the Mormon Church is influencing plans to overwrite Prop 2.
The LDS Church is