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SC Lawmakers Tout Medical Marijuana Bill

LEGISLATION WOULD CLEAR PALMETTO DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE CANNABIS || By FITSNEWS || South Carolina lawmakers are preparing a major push to expand the legality of marijuana in the Palmetto State – for medical purposes, anyway. S.C. Senator Tom Davis and State Representative Jenny Horne are preparing companion legislation that would “create…

LEGISLATION WOULD CLEAR PALMETTO DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE CANNABIS

|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina lawmakers are preparing a major push to expand the legality of marijuana in the Palmetto State – for medical purposes, anyway.

S.C. Senator Tom Davis and State Representative Jenny Horne are preparing companion legislation that would “create a medical marijuana program for cultivation, product testing, quality and dispensing.”

Good … we approve.  The “Republican-controlled” S.C. General Assembly should pass this legislation immediately – and governor Nikki Haley should sign it the moment it reaches her desk.  Assuming, of course these GOP leaders wish to remain consistent with the stated ideals of their party.

“Lawmakers in South Carolina who claim to be serious about limited government, states’ rights, sound fiscal policy, and individual liberty should support the bills Jenny Horne and I are filing to allow physicians to prescribe cannabis-related substances to their patients for medicinal purposes,” Davis told FITS.  ” If a physician – after examining and consulting with a patient – believes a cannabis-related substance would be an effective medicine and relieve suffering, why in the world should the state be allowed to say otherwise?  Decades ago conservative icons such as William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman made very strong cases in favor of such legalization, but the GOP rank-and-file have routinely rejected the idea of legalization.”

Davis notes correctly, though, that things are now changing.

In addition to multiple states legalizing pot – including several for recreational purposes –  the “Republican-controlled” Congress recently defunded the federal war on medical marijuana by blocking the use of Department of Justice funds to “prevent [medical marijuana states] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“That action by Congress is hardly surprising given the widespread support Americans have for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes,” Davis said.

Indeed, a recent poll from Third Way – a centrist think tank – revealed a whopping 78 percent of the country believes medical marijuana should be legal.

Davis and Horne’s medical marijuana bill isn’t the only pot-related legislation currently pending before the S.C. legislature.  S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts – a former law enforcement officer – has filed a bill to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana.

“I never once had to fight a pothead,” Pitts told WSPA TV 7 (CBS – Greenville/ Spartanburg, S.C.) last month.  “I never once had to chase a pothead.  They just did not create problems.  The only problems they created were for themselves.”

We support Pitts’ bill, too – even as the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) fights them tooth and nail (neglecting its public safety obligations in the process).

Here’s the thing, though … legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and decriminalizing its possession (well, making it akin to a traffic ticket) doesn’t address the fundamental problem.  As long as government is still infringing upon the liberty of its citizens – not to mention wasting tax dollars on prohibition efforts and choking off a potentially vibrant economic engine – then our leaders’ job is not done.

We commend Davis and Horne (and Pitts) for taking the first few steps toward a saner South Carolina drug policy … but the basic anti-freedom, anti-free market construct remains in place.

And that’s gotta change if the Palmetto State ever hopes to move forward as a free and prosperous people …

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102 comments

Smirks February 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

Good first step at least, about the most we can expect for now most likely.

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9" February 4, 2015 at 2:30 am

If it’s medicinal,and you need a doctor and a prescription to get it,it’s not legal.How are you going to enforce DUI laws,when dumbass stoners are driving a car?

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Dwayne Hamm February 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

Maybe the same way they enforce DUI laws when dumbass pillheads are driving a vehicle?

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Henry Beach March 12, 2015 at 1:16 am

Ask the cops how many stoners have run head on into a family at 80 mph. If a stoner does have a wreck, its at about 40mph. Stoners don’t speed, and that is a fact 95% of the time!!!

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Jason January 13, 2016 at 2:25 am

Your an idiot who has not done your home work marijuana does not impair moter skills you know nothing about marijuana you probably have never done it nor will you ever want to try and read the facts, your a judge mental person. The fact is its going to be legal and accepted in your life time and legal after your dead and gone face that fact of life.

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Guardian Angel February 5, 2015 at 1:58 am

Its a good first step, but they need to be getting to the final step because there is ALOT of suffering people out there who need it right now. The longer they wait, the longer people suffer :-/

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

Way to go SC. As a former resident, who now resides in CO (also a medical marijunana card holder) I can tell you that nothing but good will come with the passage of this bill. Once you get medical, go for full recreational re-legalization. The added tax revenue could address the school and roads issues that plague SC. Heck, we’re getting a sales tax refund thanks to recreational marijuana and tourism. Good luck!

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Jonny Logic February 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

If Nikki and her crew were serious about fixing roads, raising revenue, and helping real South Carolinians, they would tax and regulate marijuana sales. But we know that won’t benefit her big donors or make her popular in an Iowa Caucus.

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

Ironically, Iowa breeds some amazing strains of cannabis. All those phD’s in agricultural sciences ;-)

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mamatiger92 February 3, 2015 at 8:42 am

Long overdue.

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Jeff deutsch February 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

Please don’t forge to call the white house comment line, and sign the petition at the white house web site, to urge the President to take Marijuana off of Schedule 1. That would allow Physicians in all 50 states to begin prescribing it immediately.

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children of pot heads suffer February 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

Many of Colorado’s starkest problems with legal marijuana stem from pot-infused cookies, chocolates and other surprisingly potent edible treats that are especially popular with tourists and casual marijuana users.

On Colorado’s northern plains, for example, a fourth grader showed up on the playground one day in April and sold some of his grandmother’s marijuana to three classmates. The next day, one of those students returned the favor by bringing in a marijuana edible he had swiped from his own grandmother.

“This was kind of an unintended consequence of Colorado’s new law,” said John Gates, the district’s director of school safety and security. “For crying out loud, secure your weed. If you can legally possess it, that’s fine. But it has no place in an elementary school.”

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Smirks February 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

Thank goodness no kids out there steal their mom’s cigarettes or their dad’s beers or we might have to ban those too.

Nothing bad could come of banning alcohol, that’s for sure. Right?

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Nanny February 3, 2015 at 9:57 am

Thank god there is no marijuana in SC already! Think of all the mayhem all those potted up rednecks would create!

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CasaCabrones February 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Alcohol is the destruction of a nation. Cannabis is the healing.

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:31 am

NANNY, THERE IS MORE MARIJUANA IN SOUTH CAROLINA RIGHT NOW THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE THROUGH DEALERS & SMUGGLING!!! LEGALIZE THE STUFF AND GET RID OF THE DANGEROUS DEALERS AND BLACK MARKET. U STILL LIVING BACK IN THE OLD DAY. GET WITH THE PROGRAM HUN!!! THANKS HAVE A NICE DAY!!! :-)

Nanny February 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

YES! IT’S CALLED SARCASM! NOW QUIT YELLING, YOU HUMORLESS DOLT!

Pick your poison February 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm

“Nothing bad could come of banning alcohol, that’s for sure.”

Alcohol, cheaper than therapy and sometimes more effective. (and sometimes worse)

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mamatiger92 February 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

Jeff is talking about MEDICAL marijuana.

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Rakkasan February 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

Come on! It’s early market entrepreneurial experience at its best. You have something against the American Way? There are 53 known Commies on this board and I believe that you, sir, have just showed your hand

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

So you agree alcohol should be made illegal? How many kids get into their parents booze? I sure did and pretty much all of my friends did too. You can not overdose on cannabis and die. You can with alcohol. Not to mention all the other trouble you can get into while drunk or around drunk people. Go to a Gamecocks football game. And edibles are not a problem here. My wife is an ER nurse and the only person she has taken care of because of edibles was an elderly lady who liked her infused yogurt’s flavor so much, she over induged. You know what happens when you over indulge? You sit back and wait for it to pass. No stomach pump, no intubation. Like alcohol.

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grow up hippies! February 3, 2015 at 9:57 am

Project SAM is a national movement working to counter the marijuana industry through education. As kids head back to school this fall, many might be shocked by the figures involving students in Colorado.

“Kids don’t know the harms of marijuana,” Doyle said.

“When you look at Denver, where most of the commercialization of marijuana has happened since 2009 in Colorado, almost a third of Denver’s high school students are using marijuana. In the 10th and 12th grade, it’s 50 percent higher than the national average – their marijuana use rates. Their 8th grade marijuana use rate is almost three times the national average,” he said.

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2014/August/Legal-Pot-Burning-Through-the-Future-of-Colo-Youth/

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Glass House February 3, 2015 at 10:06 am

And they still academically out preform South Carolina’s students by a very wide margin. Colorado is in the top 5 of almost every positive indicator we measure for health, happiness, economic performance and outlook, education. I don’t think we can be talking about Colorado’s students from here in SC. How many SC students smoke pot? It a whole lot. I did and so did most of my friends. Hell, many of my adult professional friends still toke up.

CNSYD February 3, 2015 at 10:47 am

You are not using the correct demographics to compare SC and CO.

Heathweed Turns a Blind Eys February 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Well, personally I think the kids in CO are just smarter than the kids in SC regardless of whether they smoke weed or not. Whether it’s legalized or not, high school kids will still be underage to buy weed. I could expound on how kids brains are not developed and how weed can interfere with the maturation process, but I won’t. Instead just look at the Heathweed Hall grads – they ALL toke mostly starting around the 8th grade. By the time they graduate, many have already spent time in rehab; Many are addicts; many flunk out of college. Why does Heathweed tolerate the weed on and off campus? Because “it is a community based on trust”. Oh yeah, and money may not buy happiness, but it sure can buy your way out of trouble.

Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

Project SAM is a front group for the private prison industry, which has been economically harmed by legalization. It also receives money form Big Pharma, which has a stake in preventing the spread of public domain medications. Your link to Christer Broadcasting Nutwork confirms this is more reefer madness horseshit.

Buz Martin February 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Other such groups and studies are funded by Big Booze.

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:21 am

YEAH, AND THEY FOUND OUT ALL THAT INFO TO BE FOUND INCORRECT! GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND END PROHIBITION FOR PEAKS SAKE!!!

Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

I live in Colorado. This is bullshit. Do you know what happens to children who eat cannabis edibles? They go to sleep. That’s it.

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mile high idiot slayer February 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

There is the Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana shops, began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife, the authorities say. Some hospital officials say they are treating growing numbers of children and adults sickened by potent doses of edible marijuana. Sheriffs in neighboring states complain about stoned drivers streaming out of Colorado and through their towns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/after-5-months-of-sales-colorado-sees-the-downside-of-a-legal-high.html

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

It’s called having pre-existing mental illness. Wasn’t the cannabis’ fault.

Rakkasan February 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

In Aurora, they loan guns to good guys when they go to movie theaters. They turn them in after the movie is over. See, no mass shootings they since they started that.

Douchebag Killer February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

What killed that person, the pot or the gun? Better make both illegal.

If you don’t live in Colorado, STFU.

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:32 am

ITS CALLED BEING ON ACID OR BATH SALTS, GET WITH THE PROGRAMS!!!!

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:20 am

ALL PROHIBITIONIST NEED TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM OR SHUT THERE FRONT DOORS. PROHIBITION IS NOTHING BUT FAILER TO SOCIETY!!! OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW. AND I DONT EVEN PARTAKE IN MARIJUANA, BUT I FULLY SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IM SMART.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER & SMOKED IT, I MADE STR8 A,s in College and graduated with top honors with a 3.9 GPA.
Thanks, Have a great day!!! :-)

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Nanny February 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU SENSE THEN? YOU MAKE CANNABIS USERS LOOK RETARDED.

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

Excellent link! Thanks.

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"Freedumb" February 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

$10 says the only reason this has a chance of passing is on the basis of the tax revenue it can generate.

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pot heads are dope heads February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

In January 2014, the Colorado State Patrol began tracking the number of people pulled over for driving while stoned. Since then, marijuana-impaired drivers have made up about 12.5 percent of all citations for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Guest Post February 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

marijuana played a factor in 12.5% of all DUI citations

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Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Just as it did before legalization. Fail!

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

Many of those were on other intoxicants as well (alcohol, pills). Out of over 5,000 DUI arrests, around 350 involved marijuana. If you’re going to ignore all the proven damage that alcohol does to society and people everyday, then don’t try and comment on re-legalized marijuana.

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dems,doppies and druggies February 3, 2015 at 9:21 am

“I think, by any measure, the experience of Colorado has not been a good one unless you’re in the marijuana business,” said Kevin A. Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes legalization. “We’ve seen lives damaged. We’ve seen deaths directly attributed to marijuana legalization. We’ve seen marijuana slipping through Colorado’s borders. We’ve seen marijuana getting into the hands of kids.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/after-5-months-of-sales-colorado-sees-the-downside-of-a-legal-high.html?_r=0

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

Total load of crap. Guess what all of that happened when cannabis was illegal. Also, the Smart Approaches to Marijuana is simply another prohibitionists org that still regurgitates the same Reefer Madness points that have long sinse been disproven. Not a source for unbiased information.

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Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

Horsehit. Please provide the names and death certificates of those who died. Sabet is a stooge of the private prison industry and Big Pharma.

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woodstock is over hippies February 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

In March, the state logged what appeared to be its first death directly tied to legal recreational marijuana when a 19-year-old African exchange student, Levy Thamba Pongi, plunged to his death in Denver. He and three other students had driven from their college in Wyoming to sample Colorado’s newly legal wares. Mr. Pongi ate marijuana-infused cookies, began acting wildly and leapt from a hotel balcony, officials said; the medical examiner’s office said marijuana intoxication had made a “significant” contribution to the accident.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/after-5-months-of-sales-colorado-sees-the-downside-of-a-legal-high.html

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

More pre-existing mental illness. “What appears to be…” does not mean “did happen”. You’re running out of irrational untruths.

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grandtangosuglydog February 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Its..its…Reefer Madness…..aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (runs out of room screaming..)

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Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

It wasn’t the pot that killed him. It was the sudden stop. And since this is the only fatality you can come up with, compared to the millions of users who don’t commit suicide, your argument by anecdote fails epically.
BTW, how many fatalities are attributed to firearms each year? Based on your “logic”, should they be illegal as well?

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Crooner February 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Wow, that sounds a lot like the story from the ’60s where Art Linkletter’s daughter did the same thing following an LSD flashback.

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Crooner February 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Much more dangerous when kids get ahold of mom’s oxicontin..

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BrigidBernadette February 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

Shut up. one day cancer may knock on your door, or your child or grandchild may have incurable seizures that cause scarring on the brain–you’d go to the ends of the earth to alleviate their suffering. People overdose on heroin–should we ban all prescription opiates? It is 2015, get your head out of your ass, and stay out of my medical care.

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say what? February 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

Legal pot in Colorado was supposed to be a major new source of tax revenue. Early returns are underwhelming. The state legislature’s budget office originally forecast $67 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year; it subsequently marked that down to $47 million.

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Guest Post February 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

Even if it is not a money maker, think of the saved costs in prosecution and imprisonment of these “offenders.” Additionally, think of the added value of personal freedom.

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60's druggies are back! February 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

Freedom at what cost? Killing our children?

“Edibles are the big issue. Coloradans have been astonished at the array of delicious THC delivery systems: candy, sodas, even, at LoDo, spiced peanuts soaked in marijuana oil. Edibles account for 45 percent of the legal marijuana market, according to the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Given that Colorado adopted legalization on an adults-only basis, this doesn’t sit well with a lot of parents.

The actual health risks, as opposed to the risk of underage usage, are unclear. Still, bad reactions to THC-laced treats have landed several children and adults in the emergency room and possibly led to two deaths. Consequently, the state tightened rules on labeling and dosage. Like other purveyors, LoDo now sells edibles in childproof containers. Yet standardization of packaging and THC dosage is, at best, a work in progress.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-lane-colorados-marijuana-experiment-has-a-bitter-aftertaste/2014/10/23/3fb7b34c-5a2d-11e4-bd61-346aee66ba29_story.html

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Guest Post February 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

I agree. There would definitely need to be regulations to accompany legalization of marijuana. These would likely be pretty similar to our current alcohol regulations. The fact that a couple of underage people have used marijuana is simply a sign that the regulations in Colorado may need to be tweaked. However, just like alcohol and tobacco, you still might find a couple of the more nefarious minors find a way to access it.

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Godslayer February 3, 2015 at 10:58 am

How many children have died from consuming edibles? The answer will surprise you. It’s exactly zero.

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Amen! How many children with seizure disorders, cancer and other horrible conditions have been helped by consuming cannabis products, when numerous pharmaceuticals haven’t? Hundreds in Southern Colorado alone.

Save our children February 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

Killing our children?? DSS does that now. You don’t seem to be in an uproar about that.

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cheech and wrong February 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

Liberals run DSS.Thanks for making my point! If they could buy every child in the system a bag of pot and a bong they would.

Save our children February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Liberals don’t run anything in SC, nor do they make leadership appointees. Can’t you see how fucked up this state is, esp. compared to “liberal” states. So-called SC Liberals sit back, and look like dumbasses for carrying out the orders of their inept leadership in this state, and in the event one bucks the system, they’re gone.

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:58 am

Oh Lord! Are you 50 to 100 years old? GET WITH TODAYS PROGRAM OR SHUT THE FRONT DOOR FOR PEATS SAKE!

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BrigidBernadette February 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

Listen you dumbass, when someone is dying of cancer, they don’t care about ‘health risks.’ You fail to see the difference between across the board legalization, and medical prescribing. Walk a day in my painful shoes and you’ll know what it is like to be this way. two deaths? Any evidence of that, ‘possibly’? How many people die from alcohol each year? Thousands? Tell the mother whose daughter has seizures every thirty minutes, now quieted by tincture of cannabis oil, that she shouldn’t have it, dispensed by the way through MUSC. You don’t know what you are talking about. You want to deny relief to suffering people, just come out and say it, that is what you are supporting. I also need to point out those 60s druggies are now old, in their 70s. Peter Fonda, Captain America, is 74. Somehow I don’t think he’ll be trippin balls with the other longhairs, at the nursing home.

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

It IS a big money maker and getting bigger. Having more personal freedom is wonderful. Something Republicans can surely get behind.

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Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

Yeah, the prohibitionists here get laughed at here when they try and bring up the tax collections. How horrible! We have $50 million more than last year! And we’re saving money not incarcerating thousands of people. I’m sure all those people will refuse their tax refunds (made possible by recreational marijunana sales) next year. lol

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Jeff deutsch February 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

People who argue against Medical Marijuana are tragically misguided, and thousands upon thousands of innocent Americans suffer and die because of them.

If you don’t like pot, don’t use it, but don’t stop Physicians from prescribing it to their patients, especially ones with Cancer.

If your kids want to smoke pot to get high, they’re already doing it. The fact that its illegal just makes it easier for them to get it and every 39 seconds someone’s life is ruined by prohibition.

Educate yourself — look at http://www.leap.cc

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Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

PREACH IT JEFF!!! TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!

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idcydm February 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

Legalize it and tax the hell out of it but they still call it dope for a reason.

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Tazmaniac February 3, 2015 at 9:47 am

And let Darwinian Rule take effect.

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voters don't like dope heads February 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

Let em TOKE away, state by state!

Colorado Republicans claim biggest legislative win
Senate turnover adds to rout of Democrats at state level

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Tazmaniac February 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

The pot issue didn’t energize a rally from Republicans. The gun grabbing proposed by the Ds allowed the opposition, the Rs, to come in to power with the help of Independents and 2A loving Democrats.

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guns and dope February 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

I agree that the gun issue was the impetus behind the recall of the 3 state senators.Exit polling also showed however that the issue of legalized dope was an important consideration in their choice of candidate (60-40 against legalization).

Golden Goat February 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

Both of the reps who won the last recall, lost this time around in Southern Colorado. Obviously, the majority of people here are for re-legalization. Look at Amendment 64.

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:48 am

ONCE AGAIN, MARIJUANA IS A HERB!! CRACK & METH & HERION IS DOPE. MAYBE ALL PROHIBITIONIST ARE A.BUNCH OF DOPES!!! LOL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:45 am

Please, enough with the BS! DOPE IS CRACK, METH, & HERION! MARIJUANA IS A NATURAL HERB THAT GROWS FREELY FROM THE GROUND!!! GODS GIFT!!!

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idcydm February 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

You call it “GODS GIFT”…was Katrina “GODS GIFT” to New Orleans?

It’s called dope for a reason, take another hit of “GODS GIFT” and scream some more.

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Tunes'n'News February 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

I’d love for marijuana to be decriminalized, mostly so tokers on facebook would stop posting things about the wonders of industrial hemp and how weed cures everything from jock itch to cancer.

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Budz'n'Nugz February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

Relax, you sound like you could use a toke or five.

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Tunes'n'News February 3, 2015 at 11:10 am

I’m all for decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs. I just think it’s funny when my friends argue for legal industrial hemp. Dude, just say you wanna smoke some weed. It’s ok.

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Buz Martin February 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Or ten.

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Immortal Illumined February 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

only gonna grow 1000 fold…..#1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states

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Tazmaniac February 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

I’m all in for Legal drugs, all of them. Take, smoke, drink anything you want, we are all supposed to be Free boys and girls. Only one small caveat, a declaration signed that absolutely no one will be receiving public/government assistance AND be taking drugs. If you think that you are a Free adult then why should others be forced to pay for your decisions and results? Of course, medical pot for someone already getting medical assistance would be different.

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Include these folks too February 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

Ok. Cool. It has to include EVERY type of government assistance including corporate welfare, tax exempt status, and it should be extended to politicians, lawmakers as well. Then, we have a deal.

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Tazmaniac February 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

Care to show me where I have ever expressed otherwise? Why the F would a truly fair Govt system ever pick winners and losers? We need a system where everyone feels the pain of taxes that are misspent. I think you would be amazed at how austere people become when they have some skin in the game. Let’s shake on it.

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Include these folks too February 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I didn’t say or care that you expressed otherwise. I was making sure to include those groups, as well.

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DimeBag February 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

Marijuana sounds scary as hell. Hope it never comes to sweet and pure South Carolina.

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Immortal Illumined February 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

hahahahahah, marijuana is the #1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states, it’s coming to Carolina very very soon

Fastest growing industry in America

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DimeBag February 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

Well I guess we can enjoy a few more completely pot free years here in SC. Thank Jesus!

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what's the difference? February 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

Criminals occupy the the people’s house-why not marijuana and the drug cartels in the Carolina’s?

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Barbara February 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Time for that stoner Jeb?

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Buz Martin February 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Hah! Many farmers in SC have been growing excellent hybrid weed in SC since the mid-’70s. They are extremely smart about how to hide the cultivation and curing of their crops. They are poised to make an absolute killing as soon as it is legalized here. Bubba be driving a Rolls with big tires, and livin’ La Vita Loco-weed! Adele, andele, YEE-HAH!!!!!!

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Nick February 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Actually, they’ll take a hit. Black market weed in CO is a third of what it’s worth on the street in SC. Also, with medical comes the tracking, from seed to flower on the shelf, of all retail marijuana. Any existing crop would not be eligible for legal sale. To compete with the legal medical marijuana, any one on the black market would have to drop their prices considerably, which wouldn’t make it worth all the electricity, medium, water, nutrients, time, etc. But they sure could start making some dough and not worry about jail.

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Immortal Illumined February 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

Fastest growing industry in America? Legal marijuana, on fire….#1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states….#$$$$GrowsOnTrees

27 states and the DOC allow marijuana but NOT 1 southern state, lol, NOT 1!!!

top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states, nobody locks people in jail like the south

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Jeff deutsch February 3, 2015 at 11:01 am

This whole issue has risen to the level of a moral imperative. The more Scientists and Physicians learn about Marijuana as a Medicine, the more impressed we are that its a true “Wonder Drug”, and we don’t use that term lightly. For Cancer patients, and for so many others, Medical Marijuana is a “Gift from God.” Maybe its time for the most moralistic ones among us to start respecting it for what it is, and start treating it that way. The current situation is morally indefensible. It is immoral to leave Marijuana on Schedule 1 for even one second longer. Its time to let Physicians in all 50 states prescribe it for their patients as they see fit — as the law lets them do with every medication out there.

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Guardian Angel February 4, 2015 at 12:11 am

All SC POLITICAL FIGURES, THAT ARE PROHIBITIONIST & AGAINST LEGALIZATION; GET WITH THE PROGRAM OR GET READY TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE NEXT VOTING TERM!!!
This is a GREAT article!!! I am a South Carolina residence. I do not participate in marijuana use, but I fully support it in every shape & form. Day by Day for The past two years, to the end of last October, I watch my Mother suffer from stage 4 lung cancer until she finally took her last breath. It was 1 the most horrific things I have ever experienced. She was in so much pain & stayed nauseated from Chemo & Radiation. She had always been against marijuana, but her illness was so bad because NOTHING the doctors prescribed her would help her not one bit. So, she was willing to try marijuana, but they wouldn’t allow her to because U all know why. Because of all the OLD prohibitionists that want get with the program. The majority of South & North Carolinians support marijuana for medical & recreational marijuana. So, ALL I CAN SAY IS TO ALL THE POLITICIANS; YOU BETTER GET WITH THE PROGRAM & END PROHIBITION OR GET READY TO BE VOTED OUTTA OFFICE BECAUSE THERE IS ALOT OF TALK, AND YALLS BULLSHIT IS ABOUT TO WALK, RIGHT OUT OF YOUR POSITIONS!!! THIS IS A FOR WARNNG!!!

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BrigidBernadette February 4, 2015 at 9:41 am

I went through the hard chemo for months–it was agony, and I will never be back to 100%. Some days I can barely walk. it triggered an auto-immune disease that I genetically carried, which now rages as my body fights everything in overdrive. This morning and every morning, my hands are the size of baseball mitts, from the lymphatic system no longer working properly, same goes for ankles. And i struggle with nausea that frequently makes it impossible to eat, yesterday I ate exactly nothing, the day before a danish and some toast–not a healthy diet, but hey, I lost 35 pounds and continue to drop. If a suffering person signs on to pain management, they piss test every thirty days for marijuana. So that’s off the table, literally off the table. the system makes people in my situation feel like criminals to begin with–God forbid we ingest anything at all that might make us feel better for five minutes, enough to want to eat. It also calms the damaged nerve endings from neuropathy. So I do feel your pain. Guardian Angel, we need to write our legislators, and tell our stories. i did make contact around the last election, and maybe it got through. But now that the boys are back in town, I need to hammer them with calls and letters. I feel like I am being punished for being sick. It was the DoJ that changed the prescribing rules for refills, requiring me and everyone else with chronic conditions to physically drive to my doctor’s office to pick up paper prescriptions and present them to the pharmacy EVERY MONTH, even though a new JAMA study said that prescription deaths from abuse have declined since 2009! The cruelty of that alone is hard to fathom. I’d like to see a score card of who is for legalization for medical reasons, and who is against. Anyone opposed needs to be voted out, their judgement cannot be trusted on anything if they can’t see the light on this issue.

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Guardian Angel February 5, 2015 at 1:22 am

Brigid Bernadette,
I am sorry to hear that you are going through such a terrible horrific journey! I will defenately keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It really saddens me! I hate seeing anyone in your position. That’s why I am fighting for this cause! Its sad that our government does not care about it citizens more than they do. You shouldn’t have to go through the trouble you do to get any of your meds. But I am planning to contact our state officials & hound them until they finally respond with a quicker action to get it passed, because you & people like you with your condition just don’t deserve to go in pain & nausea like that! All we can do is try. But I believe will will be successful! They just need to hurry! I wish U the best & I will def keep u in my thoughts & prayers & put you in my church’s prayer warriors list to pray for!

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matt February 4, 2015 at 8:52 pm

hey dwayne. right on brother! matt

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snickering February 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

Legalize all of it.

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chris raffield February 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Yesterday was to late for all of us who suffer daily….

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Henry Beach March 12, 2015 at 1:13 am

Legalize medical marijuana in SC, and look no further for the money to fix our roads. Let the pot heads pay to fix them, and not the people who by gas to cut their grass in their yards, or to drive their vehicles to work, or to go and buy groceries to feed their families. Pot heads are going to smoke it legal or not, so why not tax it over letting it cost the state for locking them up for having before they have smoked it….

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