As 2017 begins, South Carolina is doing its best to tiptoe in the 21st century. Making headlines all across the state, a new bill that many people are calling the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act is making its way through the South Carolina House.
The topic has been debated before but has failed to pass largely because of the state’s authoritarian law enforcement lobby and fearful and hysterical anti-drug groups. The bill, however, is by no means an end to America’s failed drug war in South Carolina. It will fully regulate and control both production and patient access to medical marijuana. It also has specific guidelines and conditions that must be present in order for patients to qualify for access.
Among these are HIV AIDS, hepatitis C, glaucoma, cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, autism, Crohn’s and PTSD. There would be a review board established and purchases would be limited to no more than two ounces every two weeks.
While we recognize that the hysteria and full-on police state over a harmless plant, corporate money interests and the person issues of many opponents is a massive stain on the legacy of humanity and the state of South Carolina, we can recognize this new bill as a small step in the right direction.
Fortunately, most South Carolinians believe the same. As South Carolina Senator Tom Davis said,
A poll was done a few weeks ago, a statewide poll, that indicated Republicans and Democrats alike, 78 percent of South Carolinians believe that doctors ought to be able to authorize medical cannabis use for patients who can benefit. That’s also what the South Carolina people believe.
House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford echoed a similar statement when he said,
I strongly believe that it is the job of medical doctors — not the government to determine the best care for patients. Twenty-eight other states have already made the decision to do what is necessary to allow their citizens to receive the best treatment for their conditions by legalizing medical cannabis. It is time for South Carolina to be on the cutting edge and move forward with the legislation that will benefit the health and quality of life of children, the elderly, veterans who have served this country, and many others who suffer from ailments that could be improved by the use of marijuana. Legalizing medical marijuana in our state is an essential step in reducing the rampant opioid addiction that many have fallen prey to after having been denied what doctors have deemed the best treatment for their medical condition. Seventy-eight percent of South Carolinians believe that marijuana should be allowed for medical use and I am happy to begin this first day of session as a member of a bipartisan effort to do what is best for South Carolinians.
We wish the bill’s supporters the best of luck in their upcoming fight to help drag South Carolina kicking and screaming into the 21st century even if they have to grab it by the government.
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Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.