Sunday, June 10, 2018

Money rather than health is the root for why a church institution will keep cannabis from being legalized in Utah

It is perhaps ironic that when the bible states that 'Money is the root of many evils', one of the biggest perpetrators in this are the Christian churches themselves.  And whether it was the Pope selling indulgences that eventually led to Martin Luther's excoriation of the church back in the Middle Ages, or the vast corporate empire that is the Mormon church that was even provided dominion over the Utah Territory for participating in the Mexican-American War, money is almost always at the center of the Christian church.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that as the states find themselves in a new 'gold rush' to legalize marijuana, Utah may be one of the holdouts due to the fact that the Mormon church has alot to lose in its billion dollar investments in opioids and Big Pharma.

Utah has a Mormon-influenced political force. Utah was the first state in the US to make cannabis illegal back in 1915. While faith certainly plays a role in the state’s decision to keep marijuana illegal, newly leaked documents reveal that an additional factor may contribute to the Church of Latter-Day Saints’ firm stance against legalizing cannabis.  The Mormon Church has a multi-billion dollar investment in pharmaceuticals. 
The Church of Latter-Day Saints hasn’t disclosed its finances publically since the 1950s, and since the church doesn’t have a reputation for being candid, a group called MormonLeaks have taken it upon themselves to make the church’s operations transparent. It turns out, the church has investments in big pharma dating back to 2015. MormonLeaks reveals that the Church of Latter-Day Saints’ has billions of dollars invested in 13 LLC pharmaceutical companies. - Herb 
Of course the Mormon church is not the only institution that is built on a foundation of money, as all one has to do is to turn on the television to see Evangelists wearing thousands of dollars on their wrists, living in multi-million compounds, and begging congregations to fund their fourth private jet.  But in the end these other institutions do not carry the political power in their states that the Mormons do, similar to how cult church leader Jim Jones controlled California politics in the 1970's. 


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