Do Modern Mormons Forbid Cannabis Use? • High Times


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently distanced itself from the label “Mormon,” but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll use it. For centuries, Mormons have been known for their unwavering abstinence of alcohol and other mind-altering recreational drugs. While recreational cannabis is fundamentally against some of the core teachings of the church, in some cases, medical cannabis is acceptable for members who have proven medical needs.

The modern church now supports medical cannabis—albeit only “under the care of a competent physician, and then used only as prescribed.” The church’s evolution on cannabis from never acceptable to sometimes acceptable is a miracle to behold.

The Word of Wisdom and Its Origin

Per the church’s 1833 decree called the Word of Wisdom, almost all inebriants were discouraged for members of the church, including seemingly innocent everyday items such as coffee. The Word of Wisdom was church founder Joseph Smith’s…


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