Article by Zachary Volkert, Inquisitr
The Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) often urges its followers, Mormons, to not forget their religion at the polls — and this year, they’ve specifically spoken out against legislation that would legalize assisted suicide and marijuana.
The LDS church is also making sure its adherents in Arizona, Nevada, and California are aware of the religious organization’s official stance on marijuana legalization. Mormons in those states have been told to similarly oppose measures that would allow the selling and possession of marijuana for recreational use.
“Drug abuse in the United States is at epidemic proportions, and the dangers of marijuana to public health and safety are well documented. Recent studies have shed light particularly on the risks that marijuana use poses to brain development in youth. The accessibility of recreational marijuana in the home is also a danger to children.”
In contrast, the LDS church appears to be specifically asking only Mormons to vote in line with official policy on assisted suicide and marijuana legalization, as opposed to seeking to spread those opinions to people outside the flock.