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Later this year, Utah will vote on Proposition 2 which would legalise cannabis for patients suffering from certain qualifying medical conditions as well as allow for the plant’s cultivation and sale – but Salt Lake City-area lawyer Walter J Plumb III, above, wants the ballot blocked on religious and constitutional grounds.
According to this report, he went far as to file a lawsuit on Thursday against Proposition 2. The lawsuit says:

Members of all religions, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have constitutional rights to exercise their religious beliefs. This includes the right not to consort with, be around, or do business with people engaging in activities which their religion finds repugnant.
Any practicing member of the LDS faith would find this mandate deeply offensive and incredibly repulsive to their religious beliefs and their way of life.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Connor Boyack of Utah’s Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank and one of the organisations advocating for a “yes” vote on Proposition 2, is a practicing Mormon  who thinks Plumb is just plumb crazy.

The contention in the lawsuit that our religion considers medical marijuana users to be repugnant is not only false, it’s abjectly stupid. It has no basis in truth.

The sticking point for Plumb is a provision in Proposition 2 that would forbid landlords from discriminating against potential tenants solely because of their status as medical cannabis patients. This would force Plumb – the owner of a number of residential properties that he leases out – to associate with people and practices that run counter to his deeply held beliefs, something his lawsuit says is a violation of his religious liberties.
The suit also claims that being forced to rent to medical cannabis patients amounts to “compelled speech”.
Plumb, according to this report, has contributed $100,000 dollars to fight the Proposition.
Currently, Proposition 2 has the support of two-thirds of Utah’s population. If Plumb’s lawsuit fails to get the initiative kicked off the ballot, it will likely coast to victory in November, making conservative Utah the 31st state to legalise marijuana for medical purposes.
A decision on his lawsuit is expected next week.