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First Step Toward Common Sense Drug Policy?

LIMITED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION CONTEMPLATED IN SOUTH CAROLINA Before this week, we had never heard of Dravet’s syndrome. Apparently it’s a hard core form of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects roughly 65 million people worldwide. One that onsets in infancy … Individuals who suffer from Dravet’s syndrome often have…

LIMITED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION CONTEMPLATED IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Before this week, we had never heard of Dravet’s syndrome. Apparently it’s a hard core form of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects roughly 65 million people worldwide.

One that onsets in infancy …

Individuals who suffer from Dravet’s syndrome often have more than 100 seizures each day – including violent fits of shaking that are resistant to the vast majority of anti-epileptic medications.

In the hopes of providing a better quality of life for Dravet’s sufferers, relatives of those afflicted have turned to Cannabidiol – an anti-inflammatory medicinal extract derived from the cannabis plant (a.k.a. the pot plant).

“Some had initial reservations about using cannabis on their children, but were eager to try alternatives to conventional pharmaceuticals,” The Health Cure website notes. “The prospect of less- psychoactive cannabis piqued their interest, especially in light of the anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.”

Has it worked?

Yes …

“All of the families have reported improvement in their children’s health after using CBD cannabis,” the website reports.

Unfortunately in South Carolina such a remedy is unavailable. That’s because marijuana – medical or otherwise – is illegal (well, unless of course the state is doing the drug-running). One pro-free market politician is working to change that, though.

After conversations with his constituent Harriett Hilton – whose six-year-old granddaughter Mary Louise Swing of Mount Pleasant, S.C. suffers from Dravet’s – S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) has filed a bill that would permit the medical use of cannabis oil.

“None of the drugs prescribed by (Mary Louise’s) doctors at the MUSC Epilepsy Center has provided relief,” Davis explained. “Harriett also told me that Mary Louise’s caregivers at MUSC believe CBD might help, but that the law prevents them from prescribing it to her.   That is morally wrong, and the purpose of my legislation is to jumpstart a process to remove those legal barriers.”

We agree … in fact we believe the criminalization of any recreational drug (especially a naturally occurring one) is morally wrong.

Whether you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational or general medical use, can we all agree that Mary Louise Swing ought to have access to a proven cure for her condition?

Seriously … is this what America’s failed “War on Drugs” has come to? Denying people the medicine they need?

We urge the broader decriminalization of all drugs in South Carolina (and across the country), but in the meantime lawmakers should not stand in the way of our most vulnerable citizens receiving the help they need.

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53 comments

GrandTango February 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Anybody wanna bet FITS is already back from the doctor w/ his Dravets diagnosis in his hand…LMAO…

One thing the Obama Generation will do, is lie to get anything, and everything they want….Spoiled and proud of it…Nothing matters, if they want it…you better give it to em or they’ll tantrum…and ain’t nobody wantin’ a cushy-yuppie tantruming…

Smoke up that brain FITS…that’s all we need is you on MORE dope than you already are…

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

idiot.

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GrandTango February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Genius.

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I’ll be here all week!

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Andre Bauer February 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Hey Grand Tango, Why is it some DEA nimrod decides what drugs are legal and not the medical community…you’re the anti genius!

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GrandTango February 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I just hope that the same nimrod refuses to put me on trial when I blow away your drug-induced @$$ because you are so F*#ked up you have to rob me to support your weakness…

The LAST thing we need is the gov’t promoting even more sloth and irresponsible behavior from those too stupid to know drugs are bad for you…

The laws are there to keep idiots from themselves…evidently, you are one of the idiots they are protecting…

Will Folks aka Sic February 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I am recovering drug addict/ alcoholic with 7.5 years sober. One day at a time by the grace of God. But I’ve told you that before …

Man I wish I could take whatever you’re on …

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GrandTango February 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Congrats on your sobriety. Too bad you don’t want to support keeping people not as strong as you from the vices that will kill them, and leave their children in poverty.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Sounds suspiciously like government intrusion into private life. It didn’t work during alcohol prohibition and it doesn’t work now.

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GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

Sometimes Gov’t has to play parent to people whose parents were too ignorant, irresponsible and selfish to raise them right.

NO GOOD comes from Drug use. And the drugs liberals and Liberal-Tarians want to make legal are VERY Quick to render a person worhtless and useless.

We already have too many freeloaders the gov’t is supporting now. You are trying to add more…and when they gobble up all the largess, you will act like a Dumb@$$…never admitting that you F*#ked up and made them like they are….

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

“Too bad you don’t want to support keeping people not as strong as you from the vices that will kill them..”

TBG would say that you sound like Hitler*…’cept that, though Ol’ Adolph, personally, was a non-smoking, non-drinking, anti home schooling, vegetarian; ITBGRC, he never tried to USE THE NAZI PARTY TO ENFORCE THESE “VIRTUES” ON THE GERMAN PEOPLE. Well, except for the “government run” schools.

*TBG ain’t skeered of the Law.

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Still Smokin' February 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I’ve been smokng pot for 15 years due to GERD and Diabetic Gastroparesis. NOTHING else has worked for the nausea and pain I’ve endured. Also, Glaucoma runs in my family…let’s say, my eye pressure is extremly low.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

“Man I wish I could take whatever you’re on …”

Will, you’re probably to old, now….but for the younger readers…there are still plenty of old buildings around with LEAD PAINT….

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Tango's Childhood Home February 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Man, he was licking the walls like a OCD kitty cat…

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Original Good Old Boy February 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Just ignore him. He’s been trolling local message boards since the late 90s. I give him credit though. Sometimes his trolling is so outlandish that it’s entertaining.

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Notafan February 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Can I get some of whatever YOU’RE smoking?

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Let them lose their souls – they’re animals anyway.

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Bill Clinton February 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

euwe max
“Let them lose their souls – they’re animals anyway.”
Is that George Wallace or Hitler?

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

One of the lesser mob bosses in The Godfather

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Drug seeking behavior February 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

All of a sudden I have inflammation in my joints. Time to see Waheed at Doctor’s Care and get my scrip!

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Chris Perello February 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm

What is wrong with you people….Is it hurting you? I think not…..You don’t like it, fine. Keep your ignorance to yourself. But don’t criticize someone for their decision to smoke cannabis for medical or recreational use. Everyone just needs to get over it already!

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Chief Shorty not a finalist February 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Ruben Santiago will be over to investigate you shortly.(or shorty)

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Frank Pytel February 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Sweetheart, I think I’m coming down with ummm… Dravet’s Yeah that’s it.

Seriously, Why do I care. Open Carry!! End the Fed!! Medicine between patient and doctor. What I do in my bedroom is none of your fracking business. It’s called The Constitution of These United States of America. Frack’em all.

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Mark Brian February 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Is it an internet foul to use the phrase “common sense” when talking about South Carolina politics?

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Will Folks aka Sic February 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

HA … +2 f’sure.

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Alan Storm February 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Your a genius OB, brilliant!

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Granny McCall's Nephew February 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Marinol is currently available on prescription (look it up in Wikipedia) – synthetic THC – is a Schedule III controlled substances and is refillable. DOES NOT make you wacky, like weed. Maybe this is why nobody REALLY wants to cure the maladies that “need” THC therapy. Comes in tablet form. Standardized.

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm

doesn’t work – look it up.

Marijuana has its roots in hell – look it up.

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Granny McCall's Nephew February 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Use Marinol. Synthetic THC. Legal, Standardized, Schedule III (refillable). Does NOT make you wacky. (Maybe this is why nobody wants to use it in treating the maladies that “need” marijuana “therapy”). Look it up in Wikipedia and elsewhere. Works medically.

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Puff the Magic Dragon February 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

“Does NOT make you wacky.”

Well, something made you wacky to post the same thing twice.

That being said, if it doesn’t make me “wacky” then WTF is the point?

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Granny McCall's Nephew February 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Damned Disqus wouldn’t turn me loose.

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

It’s got me too.. I can hear sounds outside. I think we’re near a bell tower…

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

marinol.

Yeah, good luck with that – debunked decades ago.

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Granny McCall's Nephew February 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Don’t overstate your case. Was marketed as a Schedule II in 1996 and was changed to Schedule III in 1999.

(Not QUITE 2 decades).

Dr. Smith from Haight-Ashbury clinic fame (remember that?) is a heavy supporter. Main 2 reasons people don’t like it is that they are looking for a high and don’t get it, and the damn’ stuff is SPEN-SIVE!

(Weed doesn’t do much more — but you don’t care when you mellow out.)

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Let’s see… everyone is different… can we stipulate that, or would that be overstating my case?

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Notafan February 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Marijuana also contains oodles of other possibly beneficial chemicals that a THC substitute can’t replace, too!

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euwe max February 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

the seeds have more protein than any other plant except soy, the fibers can make rope, cloth, and high enough quality cloth that can be used to make money, luxury bed sheets, clothes… not to mention waste materials make fuel.

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Matt February 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Marinol is THC concentrate. That is that the same as the cannabinoid CBD – Cannabidiol. THC is psycoactive while CBD is pretty much all of the medicinal value in pot. Out here in CO, a super high strain of CBD was developed and named after a girl called Charlottes Web. Medical treatment with out the psycoactivity… Maybe you should do your research.

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Matt February 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

That is not**

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I’d like to think S.C. wants to take at least one little teeny tiny step out of the 1800s and into the marvelous modern age with common sense drug policy, where medical marijuana is the first step (again, we’re 20 years behind on that as well) but alas the good ole boys, the tealiban and bible beaters who run this state will see to it that the “evil weed” never moves beyond committee.
It will be like the lottery. Only until Georgia and N.C. are raking in millions upon millions from legal pot sales sometime in the next 10 years or so…S.C. will suddenly have a change of heart and decide to legalize pot to keep some of that green stuff here in our own state.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I’d like to think S.C. wants to take at least one little teeny tiny step out of the 1800s…

TBG assumes you realize that marijuana as well as other drugs were perfectly legal in South Carolina in the 1800s as well as the first part of the 1900s.
It was your team, “Progressives*”, that made them illegal to begin with.

*Think “Yankee busybodies”.

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MashPotato February 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Eloquent rebuttal TBG! *high five*

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Gregory Geddings February 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Once they figure out a way to grant a monopoly to their big donors AND GA and NC rake in a bundle…

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Harris Rutherford February 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

They need to seek care from someone other than MUSC. MUSC is concerned about one thing, money and control. Need to consider new source of medical information.

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9" February 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

It’d be a lot easier for people to quit drugs if they were legal:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xh2GQRN8X4

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Notafan February 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Thank you for reporting on this important issue, Fits. People with horrible diseases should be able to get whatever medicine will help them.
On a slightly related note, imagine how much money SC could make growing weed for the rest of the country.

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idcydm February 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

Legalize it, produce it commercially, regulate it by the FDA…then we can all set back and watch class action lawsuits advertised on TV by rich lawyers.

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Jay February 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Class action lawsuits for what, eatng nachos?

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idcydm February 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I would explain but it wouldn’t do any good, go back to eating your nachos.

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CharlestonGOOD February 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

On behalf of suffering patients in SC, and all those who think that individuals deserve the right to safe and legal access to doctor-prescribed medicines, please
SIGN & SHARE our SC Medical Marijuana Petition:
http://gotmedicine.org

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hollentour February 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

We argue against smoking in public, the damage it does to our health, the benefit of taxing it, mean old tobacco companies getting rich, now this. In the not too distant future, we’ll be making the same arguments against pot, if there’s anyone with any sense left.

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Jay February 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Pot doesn’t cause cancers like tobacco.

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Rick Nelson February 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

“SC Senator, Tom Davis, introduced a new bill (S1035) which would allow some suffering patients in South Carolina legal access to CBD oil, a cannibis extract.” Sounds like Davis and Battey have the CA connection and grow op going strong, why else would he be interested, he’s making boo koo buck off that fucking connection, enjoy pig. Fuck You Marty!!!

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