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LDS Opposition May Not Scuttle UT Pot Bill, Herbert Says

Utah's governor says the Mormon church's opposition to a medical marijuana bill may have little impact on the proposal's fate.

Gov. Gary Herbert said on KUED-TV Thursday that the church didn't publically oppose a similar proposal last year but the idea still failed in Utah's Legislature.

The plan from a Republican state senator would allow people with painful and chronic conditions to use edible pot products. Smoking marijuana would not be allowed.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said last week that it worries the measure would have unintended consequences.

Supporters of the plan worry the faith's opposition could be a death blow because a majority of Utah lawmakers are members of the church.

A Senate committee approved the plan but it must still go before full the Senate, House of Representatives and Herbert for approval.