Herald editorial: Gov. Herbert, LDS Church create smoke on medical cannabis

The effort to change Utah’s marijuana laws has been a slowly rising tide in recent years as the Legislature considered proposals and ultimately enacted only minimal reforms.

Due to a citizen initiative that will likely go before voters this fall, Utah appears ready for a tidal wave of change regarding medicinal cannabis. A March poll commissioned by UtahPolicy.com indicates that three-quarters of adult Utahns somewhat or strongly support “legalizing doctor-prescribed use of non-smoking medical marijuana.” The poll, conducted by Dan Jones Associates, also found that two-thirds of “very active” Mormons supported legalization.

While it appears that the medical marijuana

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