A key vote on a medical marijuana proposal opposed by the Mormon church has been pushed off until Monday after Utah’s Senate on Friday ran out of time debating the measure.
The proposal would allow tens of thousands of residents with certain chronic conditions to consume marijuana in edible forms and as an e-cigarette-style vapor but would ban smoking the drug in a cigarette form.
“It is not a bill that allows Dr. Feelgood to come and specialize in pot medicine,” said its sponsor, Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain.
The nearly hour-long debate Friday came two weeks after the Mormon church announced it opposed the measure out of fears it could lead to unintended consequences.
Supporters considered the faith’s position a heavy blow because the majority of Utah lawmakers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Madsen acknowledged that Friday while hastily adding more restrictions to the plan as senators debated with the hope of assuaging their fears.
“I know some very powerful political special interests have been working against this bill. I also…